We have 8 beautiful chickens. And they are so funny! They come running every time we walk outside. And should one of them find a worm…. well, they have Nascar races around the pen chasing the leader (the one with the worm).
They are about 7 months old now and laying wonderfully. They started laying at just over 5 months old. We get 5-8 eggs every day. Unfortunately because we live in the city, and because we have dogs, they can’t be totally free-range. But, my wonderful honeyman built a chicken tractor and every 3-4 days we move them to another location in the yard so we still get the benefits of free-range eggs.
The eggs vary in size. The brown eggs from the 3 Rhode Island Reds are x-large to jumbo size if you were to compare them to grocery store sizes. The other hens lay white or beige-tinted eggs and they are a bit smaller. However, sometimes we have really large eggs as in “Ouch, that had to have hurt.” And other times we get really, really small eggs – less than 1″ in size. We have found out that the really small eggs are called fairy eggs or fart eggs. I think we’ll stick with fairy eggs as that sounds much more appetizing. They don’t have a yolk, and the shells are really, really thick. Of course, it would be hard to make an all-white omelet with a fairy egg. It’s more like fried egg to top a crouton.
The eggs are so much more rich than store-bought eggs. I remember the first time I cracked a pan full to cook for the family, the yellows were so bright they were practically fluorescent.
My niece loves them too. She apparently doesn’t like eating eggs on a normal basis, but when I cooked these up for her at Thanksgiving, she asked for seconds. Several days later her mom asked her how she wanted her eggs cooked, and she said she wanted them how Aunt Lynn fixed them. She thought they were so good because I somehow cooked them special (I didn’t, they were just scrambled), when instead they were so good because they were fresh. So, they definitely have the approval of a 5-year old.
I know I have 3 Rhode Island Reds. Otherwise, I really have no idea what kind of chickens I have. If you happen to know things like this, let me know if you recognize a certain breed. I can tell you that all the others lay white or beige-tinted eggs.