The birds are building up to being in full lay now, I actually have a couple of dozen eggs in the fridge, the first time this year. (Yes, Mum I'll bring you some tomorrow.) For once supply is keeping up with demand and it feels good.
The lighter and longer days suit chickens and help their little bodies to get back into a natural laying rhythm, not for me the commercial egg producers trick of keeping a light on in the hen-house and making the poor little birds lay day in day out throughout the Winter. Going with nature rather than fighting against it or pushing it to it's boundaries, is what keeps hens happy, healthy and alive for much longer.
The blue eggs are laid by this lovely trio, Ethel, Dolly and Enid who's names were picked by Blog readers in what must have been my most unusual Giveaway ever.
See HERE for what it was :-)
The third blue egg is almost green in colour as you can see from this photo, but I didn't find one when I collected the ones in the top picture yesterday.
And something rather special is going on at the moment, and yes it is always special to me no matter how many times it is re-enacted.
Poppy and Caldwell II seen together in this photo are parents-to-be. Little Poppy laid a clutch of twelve eggs over the course of the last few weeks and started sitting on them a few days ago. Well she laid fourteen actually but I took two of them away as she is only small and for her to try and keep any more than a dozen eggs warm would have been too much of a struggle.
So in a couple of weeks we should have some new little chicks, the first to be born in Wales. Welsh Lavender Pekin Bantam cross Mille Fleurs, and rather magnificently they are due on my birthday which is when I got my first ever Lavender Pekin bantams in 2010 and Poppy along with her sister Daisy are the last two descendants of the original family.
How wonderful is that :-)