The Americana hen finally hatched her eggs. She started out with 12 eggs, one cracked at the very beginning. It took 21 days for the eggs to hatch, 1 peep died before it hatched, and 2 rotten eggs. Another peep died and I think the mom must have stepped on it, Na said it looked kind of flat, and there are 7 healthy peeps.
The mother keeps her peeps warm.
The peeps that hatched 5 weeks ago are big now.
The Old English Game hens are not very friendly, this one fights with other hens and she pretty much stays by herself with her rooster peep.
Then the new addition to the family are two baby Guineafowl, they are native to Africa and they look somewhat exotic to me. I didn’t get a good shot since it was kind of dark in the hen-house and they moved around so much.
The hens are laying fewer eggs now. They used to lay 36 eggs per day in the summer and now only 15 eggs per day. After doing some reading, I found that chicken egg laying is tied to the amount of light they receive, and since the time change it gets darker faster these days. And I’m sure it will presume laying more eggs next spring. If Bo’s mom wants them to continue laying the same amount of egg then she would have to provide them artificial light in the hen-house and since this is just a hobby it might not be ideal for her to do so.
The recent frost killed most her plants in the garden, the papaya tree that was too big for her to bring inside.
This might be the last of the Autumn colors that she will be seeing in her area.