Well, Mike managed to leave the camera in my mom's car....which is now an hour and a half away. So I cannot take any new pics or down load the ones already on the camera. But I didn't want that to keep me from posting. So I am posting today without any pictures to show you guys. I have a number of hens that should be laying right now, even with the cold weather. A friend of mine that works for the same company as I do also has chickens. He is getting eggs from his, but I have not gotten a single egg since before Thanksgiving. That's about a month and a half without eggs. I have been feeding them well a mix of layer pellets and scratch grains. I know there's not a lot of day light now, but I should be getting something! Well, someone better start laying soon, or I will have farmer come over and dress a few for the dinner plate!
So with all that in mind, he (my friend) was asking how many hens I have that should be laying. I didn't have an accurate count, so I grabbed a note pad and tried to count them. If I'm not missing anyone I have counted 9 roosters and 35 hens. But some of the hens are not of laying age quite yet. I have 22 hens that should be of laying age, including 5 or 6 Black Sex Links (known good layers). With 22 hens of laying age, shouldn't I be getting a couple of eggs a day?
Here's about what I have:
Silkies: 1 white rooster; 1 white hen; 1 blue rooster; 1 blue hen (white hen lays, blue hen is one-eyed and may not lay)
Orpingtons: 1 buff rooster, 1 black rooster, 5 buff hens; 1 black hen (all laying age)
Sex Links: 6 black hens (laying age)
White Cornish Rocks: 5 white hens (laying age)
Rhode Island Red: 1 rooster (pea comb)
RI Red/ White Rocks: 5 hens; 1 rooster (Little Chicken)
RI Red/Buff: 5 hens (not laying age)
Dominique (I think): 1 rooster
Cuckoo Maran: 1 rooster (Bojangles)
Mixed Bantams: 1 rooster; 5 hens (2 laying age)