It’s Monday and time to share the best of what’s happening out there in the world of homesteading and sustainable living!
I’ve got a few things to share this week, first the birth of our final mini donk baby for 2012…..introducing baby “Jelly”.
This cute little jenny was named as a result of a joke we’ve all been giggling about for a year now. We’ve all said that if Peanut Butter (the mama) ever had a little jenny, we should name her “Jelly”. I didn’t think that we were being serious….obviously we were! Jelly is a sweetie, a bit smaller than the other babies this summer, but she has a precious disposition and is doing well.
For those of you new to chickens or just thinking about chickens, I thought I would share this information about how long you’ll wait for eggs.
Generally, hens will begin to lay eggs at their maturity point which is about 20 weeks. That said, some breeds take a little longer.
My Golden Comets began to lay small eggs (far right size) at about 18 weeks and full sized eggs by 20 weeks. However, my Americanas are now 22 weeks old and are just beginning to lay the small egg on the far right.
Further, we have some New Jersey Black Giants, which are a very large chicken and they take until about 24 weeks to begin to lay.
My “girls” have started with small eggs and quickly graduated to full-sized eggs within a week or two.
Thanks to everyone who entered to win “Cooking with Wild Berries“! Marylou is the winner and has been notified by email, congrats to Marylou!!
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