So much mud and manure at a farm. Cleaned a lot of pens today. I put down lime and some fresh straw, then got to see some very happy chickens scratching through the straw and bathing in the dust they made.
The Reese Cream Legbars are really laying well - 5 eggs from 6 pullets yesterday, then today, none. Funny how they seem to coordinate their day off with each other. Set 16 eggs last week and will be setting 20 more tonight.
The Welbars finally started to lay this week also. I lost track of when they were hatched and felt frustrated that they were taking so long to lay, but when I checked the hatching records I found they were at least a month younger than the Bielefelders, and those just came into lay. I think most of the WB pullets were not hatched until June, so they are about 6 months old, about when Welsummers come into lay. The eggs are super dark, just like the best Welsummers, but the pullets are larger and calmer. They look like Bielefelder pullets, but with dark eggs, exactly what I was hoping for. Assuming they autosex clearly, they are my new favorite breed (for this week - I'm so fickle, last week it was the Bielefelders, and the week before the Reese Legbars).
The turkey are starting to lay well too, getting 4 or 5 eggs a day now.