Hattie, if you ever know of anyone going south, I'm more than happy to give you hatching eggs. At this point, they'd be mutts, but it'd still be fun.
ADillyDally, I don't do heat lamps, but I do put a light out there- If they have less than 12 hours of sun a day, they tend to stop laying. So, I have one out there on a timer that goes on at dusk and stays on til 9 or 10. I also have something to keep the water from freezing.
Cynthia, that NN is sure filling in nicely. Interesting that the skin changes color.
I am so excited! I found a pullet egg today in my little girls' coop! I'm not sure if it's the lavender ameraucana (mix?) or the Lavender Ameraucana/BCM mix. The color is slightly more green than blue, but much lighter than I'm expecting from the Am/BCM. It's exactly what I'd expect from the lav am, but she doesn't look anywhere near ready, even though she was hatched the same day as the Am/BCM and the pure BCM. But, all three are 25 weeks old, so.... It's also really big for a pullet egg- 38 grams. Poor thing had a fair amount of blood on it.
Here it is next to my cream legbar egg of the day (legbar on the left, pullet egg on right). I swear they're more blue in real life than this photo shows.
In other news, I'm having trouble getting my new chicks to take to the water nipples. I'm watching them a lot more carefully because I've decided that's how Potsie died- I don't think she figured out a slight change in her watering system. My other chickens all took right to it, but these chicks sure are stubborn about it.