Roughly speaking, our chicas hatched in July. Early July. And chicks need between 20 and 24 weeks to mature and begin laying... excuse me a moment... (takes off shoes so she can count fingers and toes).
Aha! This is week 22, since their hatching. More or less. And so, I really shouldn't be too insistent with my big-fat-hens about eggs, not just yet.
Henceforth, I will revise my expectations, lay-off harassing them for ovum, and just continue enjoying the hens for their company and charms.
Good morning, chicas!
Hmmm... well, I cannot say what I find charming about that wicked, hawk-eyed gaze, but nonetheless, for some reason my chickens do charm me.
Inara Rabbit was licking Mako's tail feathers.
I have no explanation for this behavior.
I have no explanation for this, either. But I do love my goaters.