Well our little bantam hen who we hoped would act as a broody for us is still showing no interest. We really need to increase our flock size though so we are taking matters into our own hands!
We made the decision to keep three roosters as we we didn’t want to take the gamble of being left with a ‘dud’ rooster and being unable to expand our flock; and according to Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens “cocks are less apt to fight if you keep three or more, instead of just two”. We haven’t had problems with them fighting, but with an ideal ratio of 1 rooster for 8 hens, right now the imbalance is taking its toll on our hens.
Our friends who recently had success with hatching eggs from our chickens did so with the aid of an incubator, which they are kindly lending to us. Incubation should be 21 days so please cross your fingers that March starts with the breaking of eggs!
Our little bantam does continue to lay eggs, with at least one every other day. I was asked after my post announcing she was laying blue eggs if I had taken any pictures. So as I was having an ‘eggy’ post I thought I would add a comparison of some of the eggs we have been getting.
The four at the top are from our bantam, the other six eggs came from the barn, so are from either the Chantecler’s or the Bovan Nera’s. From the two groupings you can see the extent of the colour and size variations we are getting. Just in case you are interested, two weeks ago I started keeping track of how many eggs we are getting, in 13 days from 13 hens we have had 66 eggs, and another 8 from the lone bantam. So it looks like we are almost at a point where we can start selling eggs!