|Samson the rooster, and Flower|
Last week I found a tiny green egg among the brown ones. These are often called "wind eggs". The first egg that young pullets lay are often small like this, but this was from one of my oldest hens. I found some info about these little eggs on the Granny Miller blog.
One hen is laying large brown eggs that are darker than the others, a rich golden brown. The eggs are so big that they don't fit well into the cardboard egg cartons I use. I thought these might belong to the one-and-only cuckoo marans, which are supposed to lay very dark brown eggs, almost chocolate colored, but I know that she is laying the rosy-brown eggs. How do I know that? I practically caught one as it was dropped in the nest the other day.
Another is laying brown eggs with speckles on them.
My Easter egger hens (I call them "my green hens") are almost eight years old. I've wondered how long chickens live, something that isn't easy to find out since most hens are butchered when their production slows down. Other than a few references that say hens can "live for years", I finally found a post on the My Pet Chicken site that states "it's common for a hen in a backyard setting to live 8-10 years, but we've also heard reports of chickens living as many as 20 years."
Flower and Nemo, my green hens, have sure had a long and good life, with hopefully many more years ahead of them. They were hatched when our granddaughter visited us for the first time here, shortly after we moved to Oak Hill, when she was two years old. Nemo is "her" hen. Nemo and Flower will live out their days in chicken comfort in my henhouse.
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