Saturday, March 3, 2012

She Earns Her Keep

Currently we have only one bantam hen. She's a Golden Laced Cochin and, if our math skills (and memories) are correct, she's 5 years old.

She's still giving us 2-3 eggs each week and has been all winter. (Banty eggs in the back.) Now, is that a grateful hen . . . or is she simply an over-achiever?

Gotta love those banties!

16 comments:

Poppy said...

Oh how I miss having chickens! It's lovely to see your eggs...

Sounds like she is a very grateful hen!

Leigh said...

Definitely gotta love those banties! They are so cute too.

Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

You mean you dont keep them around so you can spend your hard earned money on the feed and upkeep of the coop like me?

meemsnyc said...

I have always wanted to raise bantams. Are they easy to care for? I love how tiny their eggs are.

dr momi said...

....all your good food :-)

Anonymous said...

Mama Pea, your bantam hen is a keeper, for sure! Our only bantam is also our only rooster.... Mike. He is entertaining. Doesn't seem to realize he's smaller than the rest of the flock.

Gorgeous eggs you have there! Enjoy.

Qwaynt said...

That is very good for a 5 yr old hen
I have one here that has not layed one eye in 3 months. She is a bluff orpington. I have 2 cross bred hens and they have layed every day The buff girl is going to be chicken soup. My chickens are in a heated building

Mama Pea said...

DID YA ALL JUST HEAR THAT BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAM?? I am having so much trouble posting comments. I get them all written, hit Publish and I get the box saying "Conflicting Edits" and I lose everything. This has been happening over and over to me lately. Arrrrgh! I'll try again . . .

Poppy - I don't think we'll ever be without chickens. I use eggs so much in our daily meals. And, of course, the nutritional value and taste can't compare with store bought!

Leigh - They're cute and good setters, good mamas, eat very little mash and are good tempered and docile! Can't beat 'em.

Jane - Everybody around here pulls their fair share. (Yeah, right.)

meemsnyc - It's always been our experience that they are super-easy. They eat much less per their body weight than full-sized chickens, they go broody and will hatch out any eggs under them, they're great foragers and sweet tempered.

dr momi - Num, num, num!

Mooberry Farmwife - Does Mike carry a little, teeny, tiny stool around with him??

Qwaynt - You have the chickens in a heated building? That Buff Orpington should end up in the stew pot if she can't perform under those comfortable circumstances!

Blackberry brambles said...

I just love the colors of your eggs from light to dark, I have the same, none yet as dark as yours though.I've never raised bantams, might have to give it a try just to see.

Mama Pea said...

Blackberry brambles - If someone were just starting out with chickens, say in their backyard, another advantage of the bantams is that being smaller themselves, they require smaller "living quarters." In our experience, they've always been the sweetest birds, too.

Erin said...

Safe from the culling list this year! :)

Mama Pea said...

Erin - I didn't even recognize you at first from your "new" profile pic! Um . . . have you been into the Clairol? Your hair looks very blondish! VERY blondish!

Yeah, can't you just hear what's going through that little bantam's head? "Let's see, I think I turned 5 this year and we all know what happens around here when they think you're too old to produce . . . it's getting harder and harder to come up with these nutritious eggs, but dang, I just gotta keep poppin' a couple out each week." ;o}

Erin said...

LOL, that pic was from last fall - my hair always looks like that from the sun all summer, kind of orange/blonde/mousy brown all in one - I call it calico LOL!

Mama Pea said...

Erin - Wow, the sun really does bleach it out! Normally your hair is so dark and that it gets that light is surprising. I would NOT call it orange/blond/mousy brown! (Calico sounds much more unique!)

judy said...

I should sneak a couple in my back yard -think the city will find out? we had a rooster once-my husband bought him when he was small and he grew ,imagine that,I never would have thought? anyway he would start to cok a doodle at dawn and than some! my friend and neighbor [ this was a different house ] said ,do you know some idiot around here has a rooster sounding off at all hours ,my response "REALLY "

Mama Pea said...

I think a lot of people are "getting by" having chickens in their back yard because they have only hens. It's that noisy rooster that neighbors object to!

We once asked our nearest neighbor if they could hear our roosters crowing. They said only infrequently when the wind was blowing in a certain direction. But, lucky for us, they said they loved hearing them!