Chicken Update August 17, 2010

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.


  1. Fresh eggs are delicious, and knowing that they come from ones own hens makes them even more special. Do you have any problems with salmonella? This is a big problem here, we can´t eat raw eggs anymore. Using eggs in the kitchen demands a very high level of hygiene, and one has to make sure that nothing touch the same space as the egg / eggshell. Pastauriserede eggs are more and more common, and always used when raw eggs are needed. But of course there are always some who take the chance to enjoy a good oldfashion soft egg..
    Nice photos.

    • Hi giiid, personally we don’t have that problem and I like to cook my eggs well done. Since they have their own eggs now, Bo’s family have eggs daily and not any complaint from them either but I don’t think any of them are eating it raw or undercooked.

      I read about egg recall that the U.S. egg recall now at 380 million in eight states and growing, kind of scary.

  2. Yah! Another great update.
    I am just so amaze how fast the peeps grew into such a beautiful hen.
    Lol, I would of totally cooked up and I agree; fresh egg shells are thicker than grocery ones and good thing is that is even more delicious.
    12 eggs per day! Wow, that is amazing never knew such thing. Good thing is that you wouldn’t have to go buy eggs no more and pick up your own fresh eggs.
    Oh! yes; I didn’t get to reply back on the other post but of course, not we didn’t lose any interest just been pretty much caught up with things going on at the moment but we’re back to action now. 🙂
    Yet, I’m so happy and excited for your little family. Keep those great updates coming, Nye. ^_^

    • Thanks Lala for your interest. This keeps Bo’s parents busy and they enjoy caring for the chickens. I’m glad that the timing is perfect for them to lay eggs and I hope to visit them soon. 🙂

    • mozemoua, I was hoping that it would be more bluish but this is about the color of the Americana hen’s egg. Kind of strange when we’re used to seeing the white or brown eggs.

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