If you follow the egg count in the side bar, you will have noticed that the girls have almost stopped laying. The coop and the back yard are charmingly decorated with feathers. Brewster's tail is a miserable shadow of its former self. Autumn is moulting time. Once they are refeathered they will get back to work...I hope.
But that isn't what you want to know...you want to hear about the new chooks we purchased at the Expo on the weekend.
The first three I would like to introduce are Australorp bantams...maybe. On the tag it said, Ostrolorp but I can't find any references to that breed on the Web. It may have been a spelling mistake. It also said that they lay greenish eggs...which would make them Ameraucanas.
Truth is I am not sure what I have now. But they are pretty.
The colours are about right in this photo as they all have a lavender tint.
This one's name is Lavender...a bit of a no brainer, really.
The rooster (I know, I know) is called Indigo. I will be housing these three separate to Brewster and the Girls and I want to have a go at breeding them.
The second hen, the one in the middle of the photo, just had to be Violet, didn't she?
But that's not all!
A couple of Silkies too.
Silkies are very prone to going broody. I plan for these two to be our little mothers and incubate and raise the next generation. I will put fertile eggs under them once they sit.
Both The Cook and I have mothers called, Edna. How could we resist calling these two, destined for motherhood, Edna.
Yes, two Ednas.
This first one is Edna May but we have started calling her Eemie. She will be all black and have a wonderful hairdo...just like her namesake. Those little white bits on her neck are just the sheath around her feathers growing in. She won't feel truly herself until her hair is perfect.
The Ednas are quite young, so we are keeping them inside for a while.
We want to handle them a lot
and make them much tamer than their namesakes.