Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Strawberry Likes Spaghetti

My older chickens, Leah and Goldi are both molting, and Strawberry and Harley still haven't begun to lay.  I had to (gasp!) buy eggs for the first time in almost a year this week. 

Egg laying usually stops during molting because all of the nutrients the chickens ingest goes toward making new winter feathers.  Quick-molting chickens are desirable.  Before Leah started to molt, her eggs got very soft and watery. 

Strawberry, the Buff Orpington, has become quite a magnificent looking girl.  I don't think she realizes that she's now much bigger than the others, and could probably be a "Queen Bee" if she weren't so used to being bullied.  Get tough, Strawberry!


Ashling said...

Ours haven't begun molting yet...another adventure to look forward to.

BTW--love the name strawberry!

tut-tut said...

I'll have to catch up here; haven't been reading OR writing blogs. How difficult is it to keep chickens corralled from marauding pets/wildlife? How many eggs are you getting? or should I just read your blog and all will be revealed?

Jocelyn said...

Ha! Great video - question is: does Strawberry also like linguini? Fettucine? Another question: have she and another one of the chickens ever re-enacted that classic spaghetti-eating scene in The Lady and the Tramp? :)

Barbee' said...

Maybe she thinks they are worms.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

What a pretty girl!

k said...

I always wanted Buff Orpingtons.
On a related note; Do you read Dorothy Sayers' novels?