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.

48 Responses to “Shorter Days, Cooler Temps”

  1. TexWisGirl at 1:40 pm #

    sure are cute with their feathered leggings. 🙂

    • Teresa at 1:42 pm #

      The cochins are adorable. This is my Dora hen.

  2. Hootin' Anni at 1:49 pm #

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

    • Teresa at 1:56 pm #

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

  3. itsallaboutthegoat 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 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 at 1:54 pm #

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

    • Teresa 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 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 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 at 2:13 pm #

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

    • Teresa 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. 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 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 at 3:18 pm #

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

    • Teresa at 3:20 pm #

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

  9. Victoria in CT at 4:09 pm #

    Teresa, what do you feed you chickens in winter?

    • Teresa 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 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 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 at 5:24 pm #

    They are pretty, gorgeous feathers!

    • Teresa at 5:26 pm #

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

  12. Pat at 5:57 pm #

    Such pretty hens, with their feathered legs.

  13. Alica at 6:45 pm #

    She’s especially pretty!

    • Teresa at 6:55 pm #

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

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

    Cool, I want chickens!

    • Teresa at 8:33 pm #

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

  15. Talon at 9:42 pm #

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

    • Teresa at 10:27 pm #

      Yes, they are! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Carole M. at 9:57 pm #

    interesting looking hens

    • Teresa at 10:28 pm #

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

  17. Wally 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 at 6:41 am #

      My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by, Wally.

  18. Rajesh at 10:52 pm #

    They are very cute.

  19. Margaret at 1:34 am #

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

    • Teresa at 6:42 am #

      I have several cochins with the feathered feet.

  20. LizSB at 1:52 am #

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

    • Teresa 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 at 2:17 am #

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

    • Teresa 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 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 at 6:43 am #

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

  23. Yogi at 6:02 am #

    Those are fluffy looking chickens.

    • Teresa at 6:44 am #

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

  24. Candy C. at 6:52 am #

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

    • Teresa at 7:49 am #

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

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