Yesterday, Jan 1st, 2011, one of my 5-month old pullets blessed me with her very first egg. She was very excited to go into the nest box like the grown-up girls. She chattered, yelling at anyone coming near as she sat in the box. She gathered straw and made herself a nice fluffy nest in her nestbox. And then she gave us her first egg.
And bless her, she laid a green egg!!!
All the other hens lay light brown eggs. Out of 13 original hens, all brown eggs. We were told some of the hens were Ameraucanas, who should lay green or blue eggs. But since they give us light brown eggs we assumed they were mixed breed. We bought our original hens and roosters from an Amish farm market with no promises.
The pullet who gave us a green egg is a chick from our own hens, raised last summer from a light brown egg herself.
The pullet has buff/light brown feathers and the fluffy Ameraucana-looking head, as do some of our other hens who lay brown eggs. But we couldn't help but notice she has green ears. No one else has green ears in our flock. We were looking forward to her eggs, wondering, hoping, that just maybe...
I will have to get some pictures of this unique little pullet. She has not even been given a name, poor girl. She was one of 8 chicks born in late July, and we try not to name them until we determine which are pullets and which are cockerels - hence, until we know which we are going to keep.
She's a keeper!
And if this is a sign for the new year, then it's going to be a good year!
Happy 2011 from Razzberry Corner!