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11 November 2008

Green eggs and ham

Daisy (our grey Australorp) is broody again. She kept sitting on the other chickens eggs (even moved one into a different nesting box) and was getting very stroppy whenever any wanted to lay.

So what do you think Symon decided to do? He decided we needed to take a trip out to the "egg lady" to buy some more fertilized eggs (as if we don't have enough pets already).


I am quite happy this time though as we have green eggs!


We bought 5 green eggs (Araucana), and 3 Silkie eggs. Hopefully we have an Araucana hen hatch so that we can have green eggs & ham... and I do hope that we don't have to go through another "Lucky" episode.

And for those of you who asked questions last time about how eggs were fertilized etc... a chicken lays eggs whether or not a rooster is around. These (unfertilized) eggs are the ones we normally eat. Fertilized eggs (eggs laid after a rooster and hen have had 'special cuddles') only start to develop a baby chicken when warmed at the right temperature, 37 to 38deg ("under a chicken" temperature)... otherwise they stay 'normal'. You can eat fertilized eggs though, because once in the refrigerator the chick embryo does not develop. I only learnt this from last time we hatched baby chickens!

3 comments:

  1. The guy in the top pic has a mo!

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  2. Can I have some 'special cuddles'?

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  3. this is a "G" rated site Symz... :)

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