A lot had happened since my last entry.
Chickens are laying eggs all over the place. I invested in several of these metal frame laying boxes, into which Ive placed some very nice tender sweet dried grass hay. SOme hens lay every third egg or so in the boxes but mostly they find some spot out of the way and semi hidded to lay their daily clutch. Its like a damn easter egg hunt each afternoon. SO far Ive managed to find them all, or so I think. These aggs are rather cool, they are a light blue and there are two chickens who are laying darker blue) eggs. Several eggs are a gray green and one hen lays light tan eggs. The eggs have quickly gone from teeny ova to these large sized ones with double yolks. Double yolks are usually a sign of overfeeding and maybe precursory to a prolapse. So Im going to lower their food rations and see that they just produce regular sized eggs with ni extra sized specimens.
There is one rooster, a handsome dude with a long recurved series of tailfeathers that are shiny iridescent blackish green. The auracauna males are very very proud and gentle birds. He is protective of his babes and I can find the latest egg spot by wherever he is standing in the afternoon. He is drawn to the cackle of one of his ladies whose just laid a fresh eggs. He'll stand guard for about 15 minutes and then walk with her a while, then he struts off to attend another of his ladies.
Weve named him "doc" after "Doc Halladay, aPhillies pitcher. (He does a great windup when he gets ready to crow. I think its something that only he picked up somewhere to make himself appear bigger than he is)
We are getting about dozen eggs a day now and the ladies are still breaking into the "henstration" routine. Its a poor performance really for 25 heans.