Today I discovered a wonderful gift from my chicken Jane Eyre.
She’s begun laying!
She reached maturity in December, but what with the shorter days and colder weather, she took her time settling into the business of egg laying.
I don’t put a light on my chickens, so they slow down egg production in the winter. Chickens need about 12 to 14 hours of light a day to lay regularly. In December and January, we don’t get enough light for them to produce an egg a day, so it’s been more like one every other day or just a couple a week.
I figure, whatevs. I’m going to be up to my ears in eggs once I have four chickens laying an egg a day, so I’ll take my egg-break now, too.
I always find it exciting when a chicken starts to lay. Now, she’s a grown up. Finally, the skiddish ball of fluff that I provided for, kept warm and watched grow is pulling her own weight — so to speak.
But the most exciting part about Jane Eyre laying eggs is, her’s are green!
While I’m not completely sure of Jane’s pedigree, she has the dominant genetic trait in the Araucana chicken breed that produces blue/green eggs.
Jane started out as a tan/brown chick, but grew into a white/gray hen. Go figure. That’s another thing I love about the Araucana breed mix. They all look different. I have a red hen, a rusted orange hen with black feathers speckled throughout, a brown hen with orange feathers mixed in and Jane.
Like most early eggs, these were small and the shells were tough.
And I can’t wait for more!