Chicken Update November 13, 2010

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.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 800, exposure bias 0step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/50sec, ISO 800, exposure bias 0step, focal length 95mm, pattern metering

The mother keeps her peeps warm.

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The peeps that hatched 5 weeks ago are big now.

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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.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 200, Exposure bias -1step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

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.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/13sec, ISO 200, Exposure bias -1step, focal length 91mm, pattern metering, pop up flash

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.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11, 1/50sec, ISO 200, exposure bias 0step, focal length 84mm, pattern metering

The recent frost killed most her plants in the garden, the papaya tree that was too big for her to bring inside.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 200, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 70mm, pattern metering

Chili peppers

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 200, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

This might be the last of the Autumn colors that she will be seeing in her area.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 200, exposure bias 0step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

Chicken Update October 30, 2010

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.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 1000, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 75mm, pattern metering

Prior to this hen, also an Americana hen had hatched 9 peeps and she has been looking after them.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 400, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 180mm, pattern metering

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.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 400, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

They love going into Grandma’s garden because there are plenty of insects and vegetables there.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 250, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 200, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 168mm, pattern metering

All they have to do is jumped the fence and they are in.

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The new additions to the hen house are the Old English Game hens.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 400, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 78mm, pattern metering

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)

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 640, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 122mm, pattern metering

It’s interesting to see the various breeds running around, such as the Americana hen with beard.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 250, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

And the Rhode Island Red, this rooster has a beautiful coat and not to mention the rooster comb.

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The Americana rooster.

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A very dominant breed and very aggressive in nature.

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One thing that they all have in common is that they all love to eat.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 400, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 75mm, pattern metering

Photos and video were taken with the telephoto lens.

More Peeps

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/11, 1/125sec, ISO 500, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 78mm, pattern metering

It’s hard to tell which one comes first, the chicken or the egg. It’s very confusing, might be just like this post that is a perfect fit for Easter but posted on Halloween day.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 320, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 250, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 145mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 250, Exposure bias 0step, focal length 188mm, pattern metering

We visited Bo’s mom on Saturday and she has 9 new peeps that’s about 3 week old, more photos and video at this post.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 125, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 98mm, pattern metering

All photos were taken with the telephoto lens.