Just last spring we ordered Buff Orpington chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery. I had heard wonderful reviews in regards to their excellent egg laying qualities, their sweet and loving disposition, and their ability to go broody and raise chicks. Our last hens, Partridge Plymouth Rock, were good egg layers but never went broody, wouldn't set on a clutch of eggs and really didn't care one bit to have me love on them. Is it truly necessary for me to pick up my hens and love on them? Well, of course it is. Our girls have grown into beautiful hens now. They spend their days out roaming the pasture looking for choice bugs and worms.
They have reached a milestone in their development. They have started LAYING!!!! We are getting some light colored small eggs and some really large brown eggs. Both coming from our young hens.
Wow! such different sizes and beautiful colors.
The large egg must have made the hen say ouch. It was a double yolk. Their little bodies are just getting in the grove. Beautiful orange yolks. They taste so wonderful.
I am so happy that we have young hens. The older ladies will remain here on the farm and free range with the younger girls. We will keep our geriatric hens in retirement but safe.
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm