I reported not long ago about Cleo laying those strange triangular eggs - I had to catch her in the act to find the culprit! While my GD was staying with us for a week, she and I built a 'Hen Hospital', and fed Cleo oyster shell calcium, special "dainties" from the kitchen and garden, and "the Recipe" - a magical wormer to remove any parasites she might have been harboring. She TOTALLY ceased egg production in the hospital, but today she produced her first egg since she indulged us by drinking "the Recipe", and guess what? No triangular egg - a completely hard blue shell, normal as can be! I am so happy - I was worried that one of my readers might have been right about her getting into some harmful poisons that caused her eggs to come out shell-compromised! Mr. Wonderful puts mice killing pellets in one of the outbuildings, and that was a concern I had. I thought perhaps I would have to put Cleo away...but today was a fine day in the hen house - a day to celebrate! Rejoice with me!
So, what of those "darned Barnevelders", you ask? The picture above is one of 2 Pullets I brought home today. They are about 8 weeks old, and so dainty! I saw a FOR SALE ad and just had to have a pair. They will lay brown eggs in around September, and I KNOW Mr. Wonderful will be so pleased I got them, once he finds out, which could be a while. (The last pair of birds I smuggled in at Thanksgiving last year were not discovered for 5 months.)
These little girls are quite speedy, and have such a soft peep sound when they talk to each other. It will be a couple more months, at least, before they can go in with the other hens due to their young age and small size. I don't want any bloodshed!
Meanwhile, little tomatoes are starting to grow on 2 of my plants! I'm happy about that too - last years tomatoes were a wash - it was so cold all summer we never did get any mature fruit off the plants. It's going to be very warm and humid this weekend and I love the look of our garden right now.
THE PURPLES ARE BLOOMING!!! Such a season of color coordination!
Have a Happy Weekend!