brown leghorn

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GUYS. GUYS. So I set up our first incubator (with turning rack and circulation fan accessories) last night and fiddled with it until the temperature was right and today I put our first batch of eggs in it!!!

The HUGE white ones are all from our best layer, Lydia the white leghorn, while the tiny white egg (which is in front of the three brown eggs) came from one of our newest brown leghorn hens. The three brown eggs are all from our buff orpingtons, while the six greenies were laid by our EE hen (who looks like the perfect Ameraucana hen, except that she doesn’t lay blue eggs) and her eggs have been almost 100% fertile every time we checked them. Lyida’s white eggs will probably have a very low hatch rate, as our oldest roo, Dovah (also a white leghorn) is VERY protective of her and I don’t think he’s got lead in his pencil anymore. She’s also pretty old, as far as I know. I’m not sure about the brown leghorn egg or the orpingtons, because we only got them settled yesterday. They WERE cooped with a rooster at their previous home, as far as I understand it, so we figured we might as well give it a go!

SO I’M IN FOR AN EXCITING THREE WEEKS. Here’s hoping something comes of it!

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Here we have it! Six new ladies who have joined the royalty of Cluckingham Palace! Three buff orpingtons and three brown leghorns, and gorgeous all around. We had two eggs within just a few hours of getting these ladies settled into their temporary coop. Our three roos were very interested in the new hens and were hanging around the fence the entire day. In a few days we’ll let them out with the others. Gotta let ‘em get used to each other first so the pecking is kept to a minimum.

And yes, that is a coop made out of an old cabinet. :D

In other news, I just spent the last two hours setting up our first egg incubator (complete with circulation fan and egg turning rack) and tomorrow we’re going to slap the eggs we’ve been collecting in the last week into it. SUPER excited! Should be around twenty eggs, and I’m hoping at least a FEW of them hatch.

Fact #4

I have three chickens and even though one of them can’t lay eggs and looks different from the others, they’re all so beautiful and lovely to me.

Several members of my family are scared of chickens, but to be honest, I just find them so cute and funny that I find it hard to even begin to think of them as scary.

When I’ve moved away from home, if I have a garden I definitely want to have more chickens. They’re just perfect ♥

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