Shorter Days, Cooler Temps

5 Nov

The chickens are on egg-laying hiatus now.

white cochin hen

white cochin hen

white cochin hen

I won’t be getting many eggs until spring.  Hopefully, they’ll give me enough that I won’t have to buy any.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy.

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48 Responses to “Shorter Days, Cooler Temps”

  1. TexWisGirl November 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    sure are cute with their feathered leggings. 🙂

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      The cochins are adorable. This is my Dora hen.

  2. Hootin' Anni November 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    …and nothing beats the taste of fresh, farm raised, eggs. Good luck.

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks. At least, with a family of one, I don’t go through too many.

  3. itsallaboutthegoat November 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    mine are the same way, 40 chickens and 2 eggs a day, at least the ducks are still paying their rent!

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      I’m going between 0-2 with about 16 hens. My two duck hens aren’t laying either, but they are still fairly young.

  4. S. J. Qualls November 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    No wonder I went into sticker shock at the grocery store!

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      I wouldn’t even know what a dozen eggs cost anymore. I haven’t bought any in about twelve years. 🙂

  5. Jennifer November 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Our 12 hens give us 0-2 eggs a day. It’s not just the season. We let age slip up on us and didn’t hatch newbies soon enough. So we’ll be buying eggs soon until the chicks arrive and start to lay. 😦

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      That happens. I’ll probably try and get a few young ones next year, so I don’t end up there.

  6. Mick November 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Great photos – we always had some chickens in the back yard when I was a child.

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      I do wish I could let mine run free, but I end up losing them all to predators. They do have a really large area that is enclosed and safe.

  7. Andrea @ From The Sol November 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Well, if they aren’t laying eggs, what do they do all winter other than try to stay warm. They are beautiful and seemingly very special. I don’t see the chickens wearing leggings around here. Really cute post …

    Andrea @ Form the Sol

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      They like to take dust baths and stretch out. They dig for good things to eat. Then they roost at night. 🙂

  8. Gunilla Bäck November 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    She’s beautiful! I think she’s wearing snow shoes. 🙂

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Those feathered feet are cute. They’re kind of a problem in muddy weather though.

  9. Victoria in CT November 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Teresa, what do you feed you chickens in winter?

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      They get cracked corn. Sometimes, when I’m not in a hurry, I give them hay or lettuce. They love green treats in the winter.

  10. genie November 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Do your chickens take a break in the winter? I miss our chickens so much. My granddaughter, Eloise, is begging me to clean out the chicken house, put the fencing back up, and get her come chickens. She wants goats, too. Don’t know about that…Rosebud and Sagebrush were very naughty goats, and I do not know if I can go through that again at my age. Now that I am totally retired, we can finally think about starting back with a few pet animals. I enjoy your animals so much. They require nothing from me by my computer 🙂

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      The chickens are pretty easy if you have a secure place for them. They mostly quit for the winter. I have a light on for security purposes, so I do get a few along.

  11. Eileen November 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    They are pretty, gorgeous feathers!

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      I love the variety of feathers we get. Not from Dora, but I do have several kinds.

  12. Pat November 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Such pretty hens, with their feathered legs.

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      The cochins are quite pretty.

  13. Alica November 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    She’s especially pretty!

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      She (and the matching rooster) has really helped me rethink my prejudice against cochins.

  14. Karen, Pixel Posts November 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Cool, I want chickens!

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      They are nice to have around. The eggs are delicious too.

  15. Talon November 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Amazing shots, Teresa! Eggs or no eggs, they’re beauties!

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      Yes, they are! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Carole M. November 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    interesting looking hens

    • Teresa November 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      They are white cochins. I do like their round bodies.

  17. Wally November 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    What gorgeous chickens! It’s impossible to find a better food than a truly fresh egg. Thank you for this post!

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:41 am #

      My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by, Wally.

  18. Rajesh November 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    They are very cute.

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:41 am #

      I think so too. 🙂

  19. Margaret November 6, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Hi great shots and I see they have their snow boots on!

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      I have several cochins with the feathered feet.

  20. LizSB November 6, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Lovely shots! Looks like their feet are well prepared for the winter!

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      They do have those feathers. Of course, she’ll sit on her feet to keep them warm most of the winter.

  21. Gattina November 6, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Are they on strike ? But they are beautiful on your pictures !

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:43 am #

      Just the natural order of things. When the days get shorter, they quit laying for the winter. In nature, it’s not a good time to sit on a nest and hatch eggs.

  22. Arija November 6, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    Lovely chook, I used to have the same in black. My chickens did not lay today because it was much too hot. Ours stop laying in the heat of summer as well as the cold of winter.

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:43 am #

      My girls did slow down during the hot spells too. I can’t blame them.

  23. Yogi November 6, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Those are fluffy looking chickens.

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      The chochins do look quite fluffy. It makes them cute.

  24. Candy C. November 6, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Love those feathery legs! Egg production is down here too. Only one or two a day. 😦

    • Teresa November 6, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      If only everything else would slow down to match that pace, life would be great!

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