When we ordered chicks earlier in the year we made some strategic decisions about what TYPE of chicks to order – i.e., what breeds. One thing that we’d realized we wanted – and didn’t get – with our first little flock of girls, were any Americauna’s – i.e., tinted egg layers. As long as 16 months ago we’d decided that we needed some Americaunas. We wanted green and blue eggs!
Typically – a pullet (what a chick is called before she’s a year old) will come into lay – i.e., start laying eggs, at about 20 weeks of age. A number of factors can really affect when that first magical egg arrives, though – things like hawk scares, neighbor dog scares, weather, etc. can delay laying.
Of course, a little less than a year ago we had the mysterious arrival of Crayon! Yes, she’s decidedly an Americauna, but lays a pinkish-hued brown egg – no blue or green. L We love her, though – she’s very sweet and a wonderful addition to the flock.
Our April 2009 chicks are now EIGHT months old. Up until now we’ve had only brown eggs – so I’d assumed we’d lost out on the tinted egg layer lottery, darn it all!
But on Thursday – an event worthy of me trying to figure out how to use my camera phone and text everyone a photo occurred…
It’s a GREEN egg!
I figured – well, at least we have ONE tinted egg layer.
Then today – THREE green eggs – all varying shades of green – clearly the work of three different girls! COOL!
We’re so excited!
Good girl! Keep laying those cool green eggs!