No recipe for these girls! They are strictly for laying eggs. Some may want to use them for other purposes, but I simply cannot do that. They are too much fun and I get way too attached to my feathered friends to eat anything that isn’t in “egg form”. 😉
I know, I know, chickens from the store are also chickens, but they weren’t my chickens. I didn’t know them personally, so it’s less difficult to think about. Call me strange, but I can’t eat an animal I’ve talked to. (I know, I’m weird.) 🙂
Anyway, I had great intentions of taking pictures of them each week to document how fast they grew, but as always time got away from me. I did take a few photos at the beginning, although they are of very poor quality. Here are a couple.
And here are some I took at the end of July. The chicks, as I still and will always call them, are exactly 9 weeks old in this picture. So hard to believe they grow so fast!
And now, here are some close-ups from just a few weeks ago. They’re getting bigger and looking even more grown up. They’re such good chicks!
Except when they try to come up on the porch. Yes, chick, I’m talking about you! She may look innocent, but after several hose washings of the porch, it’s not so cute any more.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that at the wee age of 4 months and 3 weeks, we just received our very first egg! Saturday was the big day! And it was exciting!!! The hens weren’t sure what was going on, but I knew. The extra clucking and stewing that went on in the hen house that morning was a sure sign that an egg was coming. And I was right. Here’s a picture of it in the box. 🙂 And here’s one comparing it to a quarter and a typical, large egg.
It’s so tiny, but we’re proud of it just the same! It will be a while before they start laying full size eggs, but that’s okay. At least “they are finally earning their keep”, according to the hubster. 🙂
We have since gotten 3 more eggs in the last 5 days. All small, but still a good sign that the girls are going into production mode. 🙂 I can’t wait. I’m sure I’ll be bombarded with an over abundance of eggs once all the girls start laying, but that’s fine with me.