JUST GOT LAID. WINKY FACE.

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These eggs I mean.  These eggs just got laid.  By Sweetie!

Sweetie started laying eggs right on the 5 month mark of her life.  That’s about when to expect a hen to start laying eggs give or take a month depending on the breed.  For Ameraucana’s you can expect them to start laying eggs at 5 months.

You can also expect an Ameraucana to lay a blue or a green egg.  People think if you have an Ameraucana that lays a green egg you have yourself a subpar Amerauacana.  Probably the product of some hanky spanky going on behind the barn.

Not so.

A “true” Ameraucana will lay either a blue or a green egg, it just depends.  Neither is more authentic or inauthentic than the other.

This is the chart of accepted egg colours by the Ameraucana Breeders Club.  See.  Every shade of blue and green.

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People seem to prefer the blue though.  Like Sweetie lays.  Her eggs are close to the blue of a robin’s egg which is hard to capture in a photo.  You know. Like sparkles are hard to capture in a photo.  Or a ghost.

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My mother told me the other day that she probably wouldn’t want to eat any of Sweetie’s blue eggs because they’d probably taste “different”.

Different how?

You know.  “Different”.

Different like Crispin Glover?

No.  No, they taste like any other egg.  It’s just the shell colour that’s different, not the guts inside of it.

Here’s a look at all my chickens and the eggs they lay.  All of which taste exactly the same.

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The only exception is when one of the chickens somehow get their hands on too many Omega-3s which makes the eggs smell/taste kind of fishy and rotten.  It sounds awful but it isn’t nearly as bad as when they get into the schnapps.

 

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Mabel lays the largest eggs, Sweetie lays the smallest eggs, Cheez Whiz lays the pointiest eggs and Josephine lays the the shiniest eggs.

Most eggs are dull and chalky, but eggs laid by a Marans chicken have a shine to them.  Both Mabel and Josephine are Black Copper Marans, but because Josephine’s eggs usually have less speckles hers look shinier.

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Once my little nameless Olive Egger that Cheez Whiz and Josephine raised starts laying eggs I’ll be getting eggs that are maroon.  Just kidding.  They’ll be purple.  Just kidding, they’ll be olive coloured.  Hence the name of the sudo-breed “Olive Egger”.

I’m loaded up with eggs right now but as summer comes to a close (wait has that happened already?) the days will get shorter and the eggs will get fewer.

So I’m starting to freeze my eggs in preparation for the long winter nights ahead when the only thing that’ll be getting laid around here is possibly a new carpet.

Have a good weekend.  OH!  And just to let you know, I’ll be on vacation next week in British Columbia, Canada!  So there won’t be any posts all next week but I *will* be Instagramming the trip every day so follow me if you want to follow along.

I’ll be back on Monday, September 26th with the reveal of the Restoration Hardware Furniture hack!

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68 Comments

  1. Ronda says:

    i like the art of doing stuff logo on the one egg. what a clever hen Mabel is! how come all your chickens aren’t doing that? how lazy! lol

  2. j says:

    Have a great vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Interesting…getting laid…the eggs that is…..Have fun in BC…I’ll have a peek in your Instagram…

  4. Miss Chris SA says:

    Have a great break!
    Can’t wait for the furniture reveal….

  5. Stephbo says:

    Those eggs are so beautiful!

  6. Grammy says:

    “…the long winter nights ahead when the only thing that’ll be getting laid around here is possibly a new carpet.”

    I see what you did there.

    Ronda is more clever than I — I was going to comment on the logo on one egg but never thought to credit Mabel. She’s a good hen, she is.

    Have fun without me for the next couple of weeks. I’ll be here when you get back.

  7. TucsonPatty says:

    Over how many days was this haul? Did you eat/use more of Cheez Whiz’s eggs or is she a slower layer? Does the output differ from each chick, always? That is a lot of questions, sorry. Have a great vacation – you’re gonna have a ball! ; )

    • Karen says:

      Cheez Whiz (or any chicken for that matter) will stop laying if they’re either broody or taking care of chicks (which is the same thing as being broody really). Cheez Whiz only started laying again a week or so ago after caring for the chicks so I don’t have a lot of eggs from her yet. Also if a hen is moulting she’ll stop laying because she’s focusing all her energy on producing feathers. ~ karen!

  8. Diane T says:

    Wait a minute here … FREEZE EGGS ???? Get back here !

  9. Robyn says:

    Schnapps… schnapps… It’s fun saying schnapps… Awesome post as usual, thanks Karen. Enjoy your break!

  10. Maura says:

    Safe travels!

  11. Cathy says:

    I love all the colors you get.
    How do you pronounce Amaraucana?
    Happy Thanksgiving ?????

    • Karen says:

      Tomato Tomahto. 😉 It’s however you want to say it but either “A mare ah cah nah” or some say “A mare ah can a”. ~ karen!

  12. Cred says:

    I have two breeds of ducks for eggs- Welsh harlequin and Cayuga. The Cayugas are entirely black, feathers, feet and bill. I thought they were stunning with their beautiful greenish and almost purple iridescence. But then I heard they lay black eggs- what? I ordered them immediately.
    Apparently, initially, they will lay grey to black eggs but will lighten over time. When my girls first laid, I got 2 greyish eggs with an unusual speckled/mottled area on the top( pointy end). It was so cool- it looked like granite. Glad I got a picture, since ever after they have laid white eggs (big fat lying Internet). The bloom was slightly greyish for awhile but now I can’t tell them from the others- they’re all white. Booo! But I love my ducks anyhow.
    Have a great vacation!

  13. KariMcD says:

    “different like Crispin a Glover?”……BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    My 15yoDS has Silkies. They lay these very cute tiny little eggs….

  14. Gretchen says:

    Enjoy your (well earned) vacation! British Columbia is on my bucket list!

  15. jainegayer says:

    Have a great, relaxing vacation, Karen. Can’t wait too see the furniture reveal.

  16. Jen Topp says:

    My chickens (3 Easter eggers and one buff orprington) just turned 5 months on Thursday so I am officially on egg watch! There has been a lot of bock bock BOCK-ing but so far nothing. *sigh*

    And I reeeally want them to know where to lay their eggs (nest box, duh), but I feel badly that I’m not letting them out in the yard and keeping them in their (pretty spacious but not green and interesting) run. Will they know where to go if I let them out in the yard or should I keep them in the run until they’re actually laying?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen. The best thing to do is put some “dummy eggs” in their nesting box. They naturally want to go to a small enclosed space away from other chickens so just let them roam. The dummy eggs are just real or fake eggs that you put in the nesting box to let them know that is where eggs go. Some people even use golf balls. They’ll go into the nesting boxes and check them out and then when the time comes chances are they’ll lay in the nesting box. You know your chickens are going to lay in a day or two if when you approach them to pick them up they crouch down and spread their wings out. They start this submissive pose a couple of days before laying. Also don’t be alarmed if they sit in the nesting box for hours and come out without having laid an egg. They’re getting used to the process. They’ll lay in a day or so after their exploratory sit in the nesting box. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Jen Topp says:

        Thanks, Karen! I bought my dummy eggs a month ago because I was so motivated! Thanks so much for your advice. They will thank you too when I let them out of the run for a roam! Have a great vacation!

  17. cary says:

    i lost my favorite hen dorothy to flystrike last month 🙁 i just added 2 mutts ? to my flock, both have americauna in them but one also has marans. i can’t wait to see what color eggs she lays! your eggs and girls are beautiful. and fly strike sucks.

  18. Mary W says:

    Loved reading all this information and then I wondered why on earth it was so fun to read. I finally decided it was because I have grown to “know” your chickens and feel personally involved somehow. Another thought I had was the colors remind me of your previous post about decorating. The wonderful browns that I saw are present in the pictures and in your eggs. Brown happens to be one of my favorite colors also, and grey. Soft and downing as a chicken butt.

  19. judy says:

    The more I read you the more I am amazed,astonished-impressed…….jealous of your intelligence,abilities and ….for crying out credulity….you have a laugh out loud sense of humor and the ability to convey your life in such an endearing and interesting way.

    Are you an advanced life form come to Earth to check us out,inject us with smart juice? Oh-wait I get it …….you’re a Canadian. Right now I wish 1/2 of America could be struck with a Canada magic wand cause I think the Chit is about to hit the impeller and it won’t be pretty. Sob….

  20. Andrea says:

    Suggested name for Olive Egger – Olive Oil

  21. Maureen Locke says:

    Love, love, love those eggs. Beautiful.
    Question… why are some of them clean and others have straw and whatever on them?? We buy eggs from two different people. One’s eggs are mostly clean.. the others are covered in whatever they had on them when the egg was laid. I’m always a bit nervous of those ones because I’m afraid some of the “debris” will fall off into the frying pan or bowl when I crack them open. I also read that salmonella is a danger with eggs not being cleaned. Can you help me with this one??
    Enjoy your vacation… you sure have earned it.

    • Shauna says:

      Eggs last longer if they aren’t cleaned off – the bloom (protective layer) stays on them. In your case, one egg retailer probably washes or rinses them and the other doesn’t. Just rinse yours right before you cook so nothing falls into what you’re cooking and you’ll be fine.

      • Maureen Locke says:

        Thanks Shauna… no retailer.. just friends. Don’t ask me why I never thought of rinsing the eggs before using.. duhhhh. I guess that’s what I’ll do from now on. Thanks

  22. JebberJay says:

    Happy vacation!

  23. Elaine says:

    This is all so fascinating to read, Karen, from the colored eggs to their nesting instincts, etc! As I said before, we raised chickens during the war like many other villagers did as food was really scarce. However, I was too young to know any of this information. I just loved it when my Dad would bring tiny chicks inside to sit them by the fire on an unexpectd cold snap. I also remember my Mum cooking lots of eggs to feed them with. Happy Memories!

    And I wish you Happy Memories for AFTER your B.C. Vacation! Have a great trip!

  24. Ev Wilcox says:

    Hey, nice eggs! Mabel is one talented bird! It would bother me to have to break those beautiful eggs though. Isn’t Cheese Whiz the Queen Mum of all the girls? If so, where is her darling crown?
    Have a great vacation!

  25. Agnes says:

    Lovely eggs! I have a Black Copper Maran rooster, my hens are mutts we hatched ourselves. My crazy white hen went broody TWICE this year, and we are expecting chicks this weekend! I heard one cheep in the shell this morning. SO exciting!

  26. Lois Baron says:

    Geeking out on egg laying practices. LOVE the green/blue eggs.

  27. Sarah Anenson says:

    Our neighbors have a light in their chicken coop that’s on a timer. It turns on early in the morning to extend the day. We live at 8,000 ft in Colorado and have a relatively harsh winter/spring, and those girls crank out the eggs all winter long!

  28. Amy in KC says:

    Your photos are always great, but these egg photos…especially with the blues and browns next to each other… *SWOON*

    Have a great vacation!

  29. Evalyn says:

    It’s fairly obvious to me that your nameless chicken should be called Olive. Or Olivia. Or maybe Oyl. Well, obvious to me, anyway.

  30. Liz says:

    Your website rocks !! I am new to chicken caregiving .. the chickens are older.. 6 are approx 3-4 yrs and 2poulets .. When they came to me it became quite clear to me that this was a rescue mission . Now 2 months later they have gained weight , stopped pecking their own eggs and each other .. The eggs now actually have shells. Imagine my horror when I saw their eggs with no shells .. It didn’t take long for me to realize they were in rough shape, and I began a fast track to learn as much as possible..Bless their chicken hearts, they have not only survived but are thriving.. Val from BC said your site would be helpful and it surely has been. Thank you. !!

    • Karen says:

      Oh that’s great Liz! Good for you for saving some sad hens. Regardless of whether you meant to, lol. They’re insanely fun and the more you handle them the more the get used to it and then the more they like it. 🙂 ~ karen!

  31. pat says:

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate) will be in B.C. next week; Karen, are you a royal watcher? They’re going to be in Kelowna on the 27th or so and are taking in a volleyball game up at the University. That seems weird to me, but then they’ll be off-setting that with lunch/wine tasting at Mission Hill Winery (that’s more like it). I told my daughter she’d better get to University that day really early if she wants to secure her parking spot!!!

  32. Melissa says:

    Have a great vacation! I can’t WAIT for the furniture reveal!

  33. kelli says:

    Wow, you even got one to lay an egg with your logo on it, talk about talented chickies! 🙂

    All those eggs are beautiful, almost too pretty to eat. With all your girls, have you ever thought about selling their goods at a local farmer’s market?

    • Karen says:

      Um. No, lololol. NO! I’m going away on Tuesday and I have to go and BUY underwear and socks while I’m getting money for my trip because I don’t have time to do my laundry, lol. So no to the farmer’s market although I love the idea of it. 🙂 ~ karen!

  34. Jim says:

    Where can you buy Americana layers in the area? Can you have them in the city

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jim! A lot of people have Ameraucanas. You can find them on Kijiji if you aren’t worried about having perfect conformation or lineage. I got mine from a woman about an hours drive away and they weren’t cheap but that’s because I wanted guaranteed, absolutely pure Ameraucana. I found out that chickens were against city bylaws after I got them but I asked my neighbours how they felt about it and they were all excited for me to have them, so they stayed. ~ karen!

  35. Sharon B. says:

    The eggs are all so beautiful! Makes store bought white ones seem really boring. I love the picture of eggs from all 4 chickens. My favourite colour combination- blue and brown, and in an awesome tray. Have a great vacation!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sharon! You know what’s funny? I now think white eggs are spectacular, lol!! I’m so NOT used to seeing them that they’re a novelty to me now. 🙂 ~ karen!

  36. Ruth M. says:

    Hi, Karen,
    New follower and I love the blog. Hope it’s OK to ask an unrelated question.
    If the black appearance is gone and the chicken is walking well, can I assume the bumblefoot infection is healed? She still has nodules but they’re smaller.

  37. Ruth Mustin says:

    New follower, love your blog! Hope it’s okay to ask a medical question here.
    The black color is gone but small nodules are still there. The chicken is walking well. Is the bumblefoot infection likely healed?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth! Did you do anything to get rid of the bumblefoot? Normally it needs to be cut out. It might be healed to a certain point but I have a feeling the actual infection still needs to be cut out. 🙁 Leave it for a few days and see how she acts would be my advice but I’m not a bumblefoot expert. 🙂 ~ karen!

  38. Ruth Mustin says:

    I didn’t cut it out because I’m squeamish and faint easily. With my luck, I’d fall on the scalpel and the chicken would have some ‘splainin’ to do!
    Instead, I confined her to a pet crate (bedding replaced 2x a day), and mixed 1/2 of a crushed augmentin 125 mg tablet in her food once a day. Risky, but she was about to be killed by her original owner when I rescued her. She can walk well now, so I was hoping she had made it and could join my flock I’ll just continue to monitor for now. Thank you!

  39. Joyce says:

    Put lights on the them. They will lay all winter. They need 14 hours of light to lay. We have a timer that comes on at 3 AM and goes off about 7 AM. It works!

    • Karen says:

      I’ve actually had lights on them for 4 years Joyce. 🙂 They still don’t lay. Which is fine. I’m O.K. with letting them rest their little internal egg making machines. ~ karen!

  40. Joyce says:

    Well you’re in Canada so that probably explains your lack of getting laid abilities…

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