Chickens score a perfect day
Posted by joeabbott on April 7, 2012
We have seven chickens: one we’ve had since “day one”, three we picked up last spring, and another three we got in September. But, the birds we got last year were all very young hens and weren’t ready to lay. And, to my estimation, they took their sweet time maturing to the point we were reliably getting eggs. I think it was late October before we were getting eggs from the spring batch, so we’d get 2-4 eggs a day. Not a bad haul but we’ve been waiting for the “perfect egg day” since then: the day in which we’d get an egg from each hen in our flock.
Well Tuesday, 4/3/2012, was that day.
And Friday they did it again!
Yup, on Tuesday of this past week I went to the shelter to collect eggs and count beaks (we make sure our 7 hens all make it into the shelter nightly), and picked out five eggs from the nest boxes. An auspicious start! You see, most (five) of our hens lay in the coop nest boxes but we have two who will lay eggs under a spruce situated close to the house. And, when I got to the spruce … two more eggs.
The perfect seven!
And then we enjoyed the same fortune last night! Seven birds, seven eggs. Nice.
I’m not sure if it’s just their maturity or what, but we’ve reliably been getting over 30 eggs a week for the last month and a half. Last week we had a all-time high of 38 eggs in seven days! This week we had the two 7-egg days, but we also had a 3-egg day and a 4-egg day. So collecting over 20 eggs in four days is very nice but not a record setting pace for these hens.
I’m not sure how chickens do it, but cranking out an egg a day is a phenomenal feat. Truly amazing that their physiology allows them to produce a yolk (embryo), whites (albumen), and a shell in a 24-hour period. Yes, I realize the breeds we have were selectively bred to do that, but it makes the act no less amazing.
You can meet the hens through a post Suzy made on her site. Peruse Chicken Update for a look at our seven birds! I liked her post so much, I think I might try my own hand at a post about each chicken.
So, enjoy a few pics while I go enjoy a good breakfast, and thanks for looking in!