Spring Chickens: Adding to Our Flock!
After Foxpocolypse 2018, when a fox with mange killed five of our chickens, we decided we’d need to add some new chickens to the flock come spring …
As an avid Instagram stalker of gorgeous, colorful egg photos, I’ve become well versed in what chickens give you the prettiest eggs. As you can see above, we’ve got the blue category covered by our Americaunas, and the light browns covered by our Plymouth Barred Rocks and Buff Orpingtons, but, time for some more color!
Yes, one of the most fun things about having your own chickens is getting pretty eggs. Lord knows raising chickens is not cheaper than just buying eggs, plus you have all the labor of cleaning the coop, feeding, watering and generally maintaining bird health (pros and cons described in depth here). BUT – between the taste and the novelty factor of unusual colors, it is pretty great having fresh eggs in the kitchen!
There are two breeds I’ve been after that make beautifully colored eggs, but they are hard to find in our area and sell out from online retailers in about 20 seconds. For real, I went onto a couple of these sites in early January, they said they’d be posting availability “soon,” went on a day later and they were full on SOLD OUT of what I wanted. For all of 2019. Chicken people do not mess around, apparently.
So, what are these elusive breeds ?
Olive Eggers, who make these gorgeous camo-green eggs, and most of all, French Black Copper Morans (above), who make dark chocolatey brown eggs:
Finally, SUCCESS, I found a place that sells both breeds, and the chicks arrive in April! Fingers crossed they’ll land without incident and make it through the chick stage.
Last year, we bought three Welsummers, a breed that lays darker brown and often spotted eggs. We didn’t get to see a single egg, unfortunately. Why? Because one turned out to be a rooster (killed in Foxpocolypse), one was killed by a hawk and the final lady was ALSO taken out in Foxpocolypse. Honestly, I’m not surprised they were the first to get killed. All chickens are … not smart (they’re birds, what would you expect?) but our Welsummers seemingly even lacked basic survival instinct. They’d get lost and forget to go in the coop at night, for example. Next level birdbrains.
This is why I’m not planning on Welsummers again, but if we lose any chickens to illness or the like over the winter, our local feed store does sell Welsummers so we can always try to get a couple of those on shorter notice.
Apparently I am not alone in my love for pretty egg and chicken photos. There are so many gorgeous ones on Instagram. Not to mention this lady, who keeps it real:
Not only does she manage to actually HOLD her chickens (despite cuddling constantly in their first few months, our chickens now won’t let any of us anywhere near them), she also drinks while holding her chickens in adorable settings! This is how you get 50k followers, people.
I mean, American Gothic with chickens and booze? Amazing.
I’ll keep you updated on the new arrivals!