It never ceases to amaze me how quick young chicks grow. The Exchequer Leghorn chick is a week old tomorrow, the wing feathers have been showing for a couple of days and now have the black and white colouring of the breed. Today I noticed the beginning of its tail feathers.
Against its mother it seems so tiny and vunerable but it's a tough little thing.
The Indian Game cock has started to show an interest in the darkest of the IG pullets, which hopefully means she isn't far off lay. I just hope she takes the lead from the Australorp and Ixworth and lays in the nest box or I will never find her eggs - they have free run of a large area, which includes many hedges, the pig ark and the stable. They haven't yet squeezed under the gate to find the feed shed full of hay and straw bales.
The Welsummer cockerel hasn't quite manage to catch any of the Welsummer girls, they give him quite a run around and I'm wondering if I might give him a greater chance by closing them into a smaller area.
The goose has yet to lay, the latest she has been since we have had them. I don't know if it is down to the weather or their age. Each day I look but nothing. If she does lay this year we will leave her to her own devices, if we have goslings all well and good but I have no plans to incubate any.
The laying hens are still providing me with more than enough eggs for selling, giving away and for ourselves. The Dorking are in moult and so have gone off lay, which means I have no white eggs for now and one of the Legbars is considering going broody, so is slowing up, reducing the number of blue eggs. Once I start keeping the Welsummer eggs back for hatching I will only have 'egg' colour eggs to sell and although they taste the same the coloured shelled eggs are always the most popular.