I can't believe it! My Norwegian Jaerhons have started laying!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by alpinefarm, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. alpinefarm

    alpinefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Western Colorado
    I knew they were hardy and created to be good cold-weather layers, but I was so surprised anyway to find a clutch of 5 eggs and a 6 mo old pullet laying another in the nest box....shocked me outta my socks! These young Jaerhons hadn't started laying by the time the rest of the laying flock was wimping out for the winter, so I haven't even been looking for eggs for weeks, figuring they'd start with the rest in the spring.

    I have been happily watching the Jaerhons run around *on the top of the snow,* which is highly unusual. My other breeds won't touch down a toe to the white stuff. But still, I live at 8200' altitude in the Rockies and, in 10 years of having a flock, none of my chickens of any breed have *ever* laid an egg in November. I don't use artificial lighting, so this really somethin' awesome!

    I'm stoked! [​IMG][​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009
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  2. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Never heard of that kind of chicken. How 'bout a pic? If they lay eggs that look like your avatar, I'm getting me some!
  3. Cypress Hen House

    Cypress Hen House Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 27, 2009
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    How very exciting! I would love to see some pics!
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I'd love to see pics, too.

    And congrats on those cold weather eggs. Lucky you!
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:[​IMG] Yeah! Me too!!! Those are some gorgeous eggs!
  6. alpinefarm

    alpinefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Western Colorado
    Quote:[​IMG] Yeah! Me too!!! Those are some gorgeous eggs!


    So here's Oslo, the roo (I'll see if I can get some of his ladies tomorrow--the light is fading fast tonight):


    (They are pasanke eggs, Ukrainian, by the by...I am excited to use the white/pale beige NJ eggs to make some!)
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009
  7. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
  8. KyBlue

    KyBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Southeastern KY
    So where did you get your Jaerhons? I have thought about ordering some from Sand Hill.

    Nice looking roo!
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009
  9. ole red

    ole red Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2009
    poplar grove, ar.
    nice looking rooster, yes please post pics. of hens.

    i have been looking at them, on the ideal website.
  10. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Beautiful rooster! I wonder how well they do in hot weather...I moved this spring from southwestern Colorado to northern Arizona and it is still fairly warm here even in November, our trees are all green still! I like the unusual breeds that you don't see all the time.

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