Thursday, September 24, 2015

Miss Chicken in the Coop with the Egg

Okay, now that we've gotten through the incoherent excitement about our first eggs, we can start thinking about the details.

We have several different breeds of hen, and each should lay slightly different-looking eggs. So far, we're getting 3 eggs pretty much every day - and they look like they might be from the same three hens. We get a light brown, a medium brown, and a pink egg. This leads me to believe that only 3 of the 5 hens have started laying, and the others will join in soon.

So this brings us to the question: whodunnit?  Time to play Clue.

Here are the clues:

We know the general egg color each hen should lay.

Ameraucana (Dorothy and Rose): green, blue, or pink
Buff Orpington (Queenie):  brown
Dominique (Attila the Hen): brown
Rhode Island Red (Henrietta): brown

Well, that's not very helpful. The only guess I can make here is that only one of the Ameraucanas is laying, since it's less likely that they're both laying pink eggs.

We've also been making some observations.

I've seen Attila hanging out in a nesting box, and then later found an egg in that box. So I'm pretty sure she's laying.

When I was watching her, I also noticed Rose and Henrietta acting suspiciously. They kept coming up to the nesting boxes, peeking in, noticing Attila, and then turning around and walking back out. Perhaps they were waiting their turn?

So currently, I suspect Rose, Attila, and Henrietta in the nesting boxes with the eggs.

Further updates on the case will be shared as the detectives make breakthroughs.

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