2 1/2 Weeks Old
Orpingtons lay about 175 to 200 medium to large light-brown eggs a year. They do not stop laying in the winter. It is said that at one time Orpingtons were capable of laying as many as 340 eggs per year. This decline in production was due to breeders selecting for looks over utility. Wikipedia
I find that sad that they bred the fabulous egg laying out of them...imagine 340 eggs per year! I do like the fact that they are such gentle birds and can become broody. That just may help in the future when we need more hens here at Hibiscus House.
4 1/2 Weeks
5/12/15 Two Weeks Later
The Buff's New (to them anyway) Home.
5/22/15 Ten Days Later
6 Weeks Old
Looking out into the world for the first time!
I moved their home into a fenced in pen for safety and separation. They will still be on starter food for more weeks to come.
Getting brave looking around outside.
Taking turns looking out the door!
They're out in the open for the first time, pecking and scratching.
Casper their guardian is over in the corner.
He hasn't left their side.
He is one happy dog!
I leave you with a video of their first moments out in the open and on the ground for the first time;
Also "Jesse" his last video....:(
Aren't they cute?
True Lavender Rumpless Araucana
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you our Jesse the Lavender Rumpless Araucana has died. He became sick very quickly and has died. He is in this video checking out the new chicks above. I'm glad he came around that day so he is on film. He was a pretty rooster. I hatched him and he was one of the rarest that we had here. He will be missed.
A look back at Jasse "Jesse" HERE