21 weeks and Bo’s Americana hens finally lay some eggs. Bo and Lee visited his mom yesterday and bought home a tray of fresh laying eggs. Between his mom’s Black Star hens, Rhode Island Red hens and Bo’s Americana hens, they lay 12 eggs per day now. Bo’s Americana hens lay the greenish eggs below and his mom’s hens lay the dark brown color and some have specs on them. Two is missing in this tray, I’m the guilty party and they were delicious. The shells are thicker than a normal egg from the grocery store.
This was taken with Aperture Priority, f/22, 5 sec, ISO-100, Exposure bias 0, focal length 70mm, pattern metering mode. I used a slow shutter speed (f/22) because I want the image of the eggs to be as sharp as possible, even the ones in the back. I also mounted the camera on a tripod for stability.
On April 4th, she was just a little peep.
And look at her now.
This was taken on August 8, 2010 at P mode, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO-640(set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias 0, focal length 92mm, pattern metering mode.
The Americana roosters stay busy chasing after the hens. They didn’t have time to lay their eggs and Bo’s dad has to lock the roosters up several hours a day.
This was taken on August 8, 2010 at P mode, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO-200(set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias 0, focal length 58mm, pattern metering mode.
I missed all the action, I guess it was because I grew up in the city (Brooklyn, NY) and sort of didn’t know what I was looking at and by the time I came to my senses the mating was over. The hens don’t need a rooster to lay eggs but they do need a rooster to fertilize the eggs if you ever wanted to hatch chicken peeps. Bo’s going to try to hatch some next spring, this should be interesting to see.
This was taken on August 8, 2010 at P mode, f/4, 1/160sec, ISO-160(set at Auto ISO), Exposure bias 0, focal length 105mm, pattern metering mode.