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.
It has been 31 weeks and the young hens are hatching their own chicken peeps. This Americana hen has been sitting on 11 eggs for 21 days now and she has hatched 7 out of 11 eggs yesterday and today. These were not all her eggs though, Bo’s mom picked the biggest eggs and she didn’t seem to mind that all are not her eggs or perhaps she couldn’t tell I’m not sure.
Prior to this hen, also an Americana hen had hatched 9 peeps and she has been looking after them.
As you can see that the peeps are from different mother hens, but this Americana hen didn’t seem to mind and might be that she knew that she hatched all of them.
They love going into Grandma’s garden because there are plenty of insects and vegetables there.
All they have to do is jumped the fence and they are in.
The new additions to the hen house are the Old English Game hens.
The Old English Game has been seen in Great Britain since the 19th Century and is a descendant of the ancient fighting cocks. The breed hasn’t changed very much for over a thousand years. They were probably the first breed of chicken ever developed in Britain and have always been fighting birds. (source)
It’s interesting to see the various breeds running around, such as the Americana hen with beard.
And the Rhode Island Red, this rooster has a beautiful coat and not to mention the rooster comb.
The Americana rooster.
A very dominant breed and very aggressive in nature.
One thing that they all have in common is that they all love to eat.
Photos and video were taken with the telephoto lens.