This year we've seemed to have such a long winter! I am SO READY for SPRING!!! Especially when I visit your blogs and see dandylions, green grass peeking out, and sunshine in the photos you share. Yep, I'm jealous, but it brings me some hope that soon our skies will be blue again soon! The only thing blue here lately has been my mood....and some of the eggs my hens have been producing!
We're still getting one huge egg every day or two - and did I tell you - I think I've tracked down the one WHO DUNN IT? Henrietta, the Black Astralorp hen named by my sister - that's the CULPRIT! I don't have an egg container with compartments large enough to hold those large eggs - they're big as duck eggs, yes indeed! I have to use em up quick, or put em in a measuring cup so they don't break before I'm ready to do some baking! Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining. I AM worried, though, that Henrietta will have a "Prolapse" - - - I don't relish treating a hen with Preparation H.....Good Grief!
Prolapse in hens can happen when they lay such large eggs, and Preparation H is one of the few recommended treatments, lest the other hens in the flock spy the poor bird's troubles and pick on her, to Lord knows what "bad end". I've seen her straining and looking like she was trying to squeeze her cheeks - and her poor fluffy chicken butt has me concerned when she walks across the pen and stalls out for a moment before heading for the feeder.
I do believe Black Astralorps are designed to produce XL eggies, as they are a rather heavy and meaty looking bird themselves, but I watch out for her because I'm more used to the size of the other eggies the rest of the flock produces. Henrietta is the black hen on the roost, but notice Priscella's expression - she don't cotton to any mention of Preparation H! I don't reckon I care to pursue the matter myself!