Friday, October 1, 2010

Lucy and Ethel

I love these girls... they’re everything I wanted in chickens and more. They’re mischievous, friendly, easy going, and great egg layers too.

As soon as we returned from the Galapagos, Lucy and Ethel started acting very strangely. I received a call from my neighbor on Sunday morning. “I have a chicken in my backyard, and I don’t remember having any of those.” I threw on some clothes, went out the front door, only to find Lucy wandering around the front walkway squawking her head off.

My husband spotted both Lucy and Ethel two houses down terrorizing the neighbors cat who was crouched under a bush shaking in his boots. It took both of us to herd them safely back home.

The next morning I found this in the nest box...


Isn’t it a beauty?

I found Ethel sitting under a tomato plant in one of our raised beds a few mornings later. She was possessively sitting on half a dozen eggs. I explained to her how those were actually our eggs. We rightfully bought them. She reluctantly allowed me to take them.

I left one in the nest box, hoping she’d get the subtle hint, and low and behold the next day she actually laid an egg in that same box.

One of these eggs is not like the others.


Ouch, that must have hurt.

barred rock eggs

A very tasty double yolker...




Happy hens lay the best eggs!


Cathy said...

I would love to raise a few chickens but I think my Homeowner's Association would lynch me.

Cindy said...

Cathy, Those homeowner's associations are sticklers on things like that aren't they? We'd be kicked out of the neighborhood for sure.

Susan said...

Well, you chose the perfect names for those two scallywags! LOL Wonder what mischief they'll be cooking up next!

Those are some nice-looking eggs, especially that double yolker. You just know that's gotta hurt. It's probably like one of us pushing out an 11-pounder! The girls are doing a great job. Gotta love the barred rocks.

A neighbor of ours three driveways down (out here in the sticks we go by driveways, not doors) got 14 Black Australorps this spring and they don't have them enclosed in a fence and they're right by the road. I can't believe none of them has ventured out into the road! They sure are pretty with that glistening black featherage.

Cindy said...

Hi Susan, After having banties and one non-laying standard for the last few years, it's nice to have some large eggs to bring in. We should probably eliminate a couple so we can have more layers, but it's so tough to do.

Heidi said...

These photos are lovely. Now I really want some eggs!

I love that they're called Lucy and Ethel by the way. How perfect.

jazgal said...

buhck, bu-buhck, baak baak!!! What characters they are - and how proud she must have been laying all of those lovely eggs. Their names are perect, too. Must be happy to have you back home!

Cindy said...

Hi Heidi, There's really nothing like a good farm fresh egg is there?

I Love Lucy is one of my daughter's favorite TV shows. These two girls are definitely living up to their namesakes.

I'm so glad you stopped by. I look forward to your blog posts.

Cindy said...

Jazgal, She did look awfully proud sitting on that bounty! I am glad they waited to start laying for our return.

jazgal said...

I wonder how much bonding one can have with a chicken? It sounds like it is quite the little family!