Monday, October 26, 2015

Green Eggs and Ham

Minus the ham. I've never actually wanted to see green ham but have been dying to see green eggs for ages!


Ever since I discovered that different breeds of chickens lay coloured eggs, I have wanted them. Oh so desperately I have wanted them. Last year when we got our seven new hens (or so we thought they were all hens) we were really rooting for at least one or two of them giving us coloured eggs. But no such luck, always just boring old brown eggs.


We hatched our own chicks this June and they are finally getting to the age where they are starting to lay. Much to our delight, when we collected the eggs on Saturday there was a green egg! I admit, there may have been some happy dancing and excited phone calls and texts to those who would share my delight.


We have since collected two more green eggs which means the new little laying hen is in full swing! That or we have more than one green egg layer. Ohh wouldn't that be fun?

We really have no idea which hen is laying these green eggs though. We have tried to look closely at each chicken to see if there are any hints (darker legs, etc) but haven't had any luck guessing since most of them have dark legs.

I went out today and photographed each one so I thought I would share them all with you and see if I have any super smart readers who would be able to point us in the right direction!

Black fuzzy one (still needs to be named)

White & brown #1 (still needs a name)

Matilda The Third (we are super creative like that)

Grey fuzzy one that may be a boy (no name)

White & brown #2 (needs a name)

White with neck colouring (needs a name)

Copper guy (pretty sure he's a rooster)

White fuzzy one with blue ears (needs a very delicate name)

Pip
I did my best with the pictures but it's really hard to get good photos when you have skittish birds and a not so great zoom on the camera. Oh well, I did my best.

As you can see from the above photos and captions, we have been slacking in the naming department. I was still waiting until we knew who were boys since almost all our named ones turned out to be roosters, hence the reason why all the new hens are unnamed. I will take suggestions though, if anyone would like to help. :)

So there you have it, our green eggs and mystery layer. Chime in if you have any input on who laid the green egg!

16 comments:

  1. What fun to have green eggs! Are they the same inside consistency as your boring brown eggs? I have no idea which one is laying them, but I have some name suggestions :) and they can be for boys or girls! Henry /Henrietta, Harry/Harriet, George /Georgia, Paul/Paula, Ruffles, Carl/Carla, Netty, .....I'll stop now!

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    1. I knew you would be super excited about helping name the chickens! I really like Harriet and Georgia, I'll have to decide who fits them best. :)

      As for the inside of the egg, we haven't actually used one yet but I'm 99% sure they'll be the same. Kind of like brown eggs and white eggs have the same insides?

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    2. They will be exactly the same. It's rather like skin color in humans.

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  2. I was just wondering how your chickens are doing since you are moving. I just recently learned chickens can lay colored eggs. My parents have chickens and just brought us green eggs.

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    1. They're doing well and we plan on taking them with us. Were you excited for your green eggs?

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  3. I think you should name one of the chickens "waffles" in my honour.

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    1. I like that idea! Now which one should get the honour...

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  4. We get lovely multi hued eggs from a neighbour now and again. I always post photos of them around Easter.
    FRESH eggs just taste so much better than store eggs. There is also a school of thought that fertile eggs have less cholesterol than sterile eggs. I know the whole excessive cholesterol in eggs story is a crock of whooie, but I still like the idea that I might be getting less.

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    1. Fresh is amazing, isn't it? The yolks stand up so tall, and the whites are so thick. On the cholesterol thing, latest research demonstrates that (oops!) the cholesterol in chicken eggs isn't actually bad for you anyhow. Cholesterol levels are far more strongly dictated by your genetics than by dietary cholesterol, and by limiting your dietary cholesterol, if you have the wrong genetics for it, you could cause your body to elevate what it's making. Not permission for eating a dozen eggs and a pound of bacon for breakfast, but it does mean we don't have to be guilty about our morning scramble.

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    2. Fresh eggs really are the best. Once you have them, you can't go back to old store bought!

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  5. Gives a whole new meaning to 'green eggs and ham'!

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    1. Yup! But like I said, I'll stick with the green eggs and pink ham. ;)

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  6. Any one of those pictured could be laying the green eggs. I had no idea your chickens were such mixes! Seriously, they are all showing the right signs of maturity for new laying, and they are all mixed enough that any of them could be carrying the proper genes for blue shells and brown pigment, i.e. green eggs.

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    1. I told you they were mixed! I guess we'll have to do the food colouring tip to figure it out.

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  7. green eggs! how fun!! (We were at a petting zoo/thing a few weeks ago and saw a chicken with the furry-pants look, and I thought - that looks like Jenn's chicken!!!)

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    1. I love that you thought of our chickens. :D

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