I collected a (baker's) dozen eggs from my family's chickens!
It took a few days to get a dozen, as we have only five hens (three Buff Orpingtons and two whitings) and one of them is on maternity leave.
We ordered these together with their Buff Orpington rooster, Prof. Layton, as chicks from a hatchery a year ago as of Holy Week (the week before Easter Sunday), and we have greatly enjoyed watching them grow, free-range, and provide us with lovely eggs. We keep them in a coop we built in the yard, and they forage for lovely bugs and other treats during the day. I have found it especially marvelous that they continued to thrive and lay through the winter, including what the locals call the great Texas Snowpacalypse, and to see our broody hen Mustardseed bring four little chicks into the light of day.
These are my chickens and I have 8 hens and one rooster. My girls are mostly 3 year old black australorps. I also have a white leghorn who was sold to me as a Cornish Cross from tractor supply for $1.00 almost 2 years ago and we have her daughter that was broody hen raised on the farm last summer.
I get about 6 eggs a day right now. I collected 7 the day I took the pictures, so I put the eggs from the day before to make the dozen.
Here is my submission for the Animal Care - Sand (for Straw Points) - Collect a Dozen Eggs BB.
These chickens are a mix of Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, and Silver Lace Wyandottes that belong to the Windward Community - so the birds are ours. There are about a dozen hens and three roosters.
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided:
- Tell us in 1 paragraph or less about the hens/ducks/etc you are collecting the eggs from (Are they yours? A friends? How many hens?)
- A bird in the nesting box
- An egg in the nesting box
- A full egg carton with the eggs you have collected
Here on the farmlab we raise a lot of silkies, just all around good chickens for everything. In the picture are two of our girls. We have around 20 silkies so we get plenty of eggs for our family, and these girls are also great at outreach program as well.
We have three Rhode Island Red hens who are laying, and two Bard Rocks we got this spring that aren't laying yet. (My wife is very interested in aesthetics, so the 'carton' is wood, rather than cardboard.)
I'd like to be a part of a system that is making the world better for future generations.