Huge eggs

The 6 Cornish Rock hens we spared from freezer camp last fall are laying BIG beautiful eggs.

Thanksgiving Day while all the chickens were going into the coop for the night, one of the hens laid her first egg, the shell being pretty thin however. I found a few more of those and a shell-less egg or two but another few weeks and they are giving us these gorgeous eggs. Three of these eggs made one very large fluffy omelet for Jeremiah and I to share this morning. At 5 months old they laid sooner than any of the other chickens and by 5.5-6 months old, they are laying much larger than pullet size eggs. The lay rate is still too early to tell. Everyone’s production is picking up some with the lengthening of the days so I am eager to see how they do.

A few of the more recent online forum posts I’ve come across from others on these birds have said the hens they raised were great layers. The feedback I had read last spring overall wasn’t the greatest but given our experience with them last summer, I was kind of perplexed. I was reluctant to begin with to even get them wanting to opt for Freedom Rangers instead but we decided to try them first and see how we liked them and if we didn’t, we’d have enough time to raise up some Freedoms for our second batch. The two batches of Cornish Rocks we had foraged really well, we had no issues with legs or hearts, no unexplained deaths, etc. and now our 6 month old hens are laying. How exciting!

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