Here on our crazy farm we've had more than our share of oddness from critters.
But our latest mystery has certainly been colorful!
We've had our own Easter Egg hunts lately.
I know. It's too early you say.
And yes, hens do leave eggs in odd places, but we were finding blue eggs now n then.
The Araucana breed or crosses known as Easter Eggers are known to lay colored eggs...
But we don't have any of those.
or do we...?
We bought our newest chicks (labeled as Plymouth Barred Rocks) off craigslist.
The Farmer actually got them for me on my birthday in July.
Maybe we were sold a misidentified bird!?
I've only had some that look like this, tho I knew there was some color variation.
Well the timing of our mystery was perfect in one way.
AND GIVE ONE AWAY!!!
It's actually called The Chicken Encyclopedia.
As soon as it came I eagerly opened it and looked up Araucanas.
And immediately learned A LOT!
Araucanas and Ameraucanas (the crosses) have several different distinguishing traits...
One of which is a smaller 'pea comb!"
|Sing along w/Sesame Street -One of these things is not like the other.|
|This one has a "pea comb"|
And on another note... The Chicken Encyclopedia has all sorts of neat facts!I liked the chicken blinders picture and definition that reads " a plastic device that resembles a pair of tiny sunglasses, sometimes used to prevent or control cannibalism by blocking vision so a chicken can't see directly ahead to aim a peck." Wouldn't a chicken wearing those be too funny (and perfect for our funny farm)?!
|Hen on left would've appreciated it if her roost mate had worn blinkers!|
I guess I should be happy we find any eggs before the cats n dogs eat 'em all!
(Do you remember how tiny "Smores" was when we got her?
She's sure got a buddha belly, as opposed to a baby belly, now!)
So, how bout you???
Have you bought or hatched out chicks that weren't at all what you expected?!?
Please leave me a comment telling me about what you were expecting and what you got, OR what chickens you WISH you could get, and you'll be entered to win your very own copy of this great book!
One entry will be randomly drawn. Per Storey’s request, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please include an email link if not attached to your profile and check back for winner TBA on National Poultry Day ~ March 19.
Here’s the list of other participating blogs and their tour dates from Storey's site:Please visit them all for more fun facts and chances to win Gail's great book!
3/2 For the Love of Chickens
3/3 Vintage Garden Gal
3/4 The Garden Roof Coop
3/5 Common Weeder
3/6 Chickens in the Road
3/7 Garden Rant
3/8 Fresh Eggs Daily
3/9 My Pet Chicken Blog
3/10 Coop Thoughts
3/11 BoHo Farm and Home
3/12 Happy Chickens Lay Healthy Eggs
3/13 A Charlotte Garden
3/14 Farm Fresh Fun
3/15 The HenCam
3/16 Life on a Southern Farm
3/17 ADozenGirlz, the Chicken Chick™
3/18 North Coast Gardening