During a time the weather was not coordinating with our chicken coop building, my mom moved the operation indoors – to the kitchen. The kitchen is fairly frequently made over into a workshop of one kind or another…perhaps this is why I don’t bake all that often?
When she was done, we had three nestboxes ready for the coop, Two full-sized ones, and one half-sized, for the Silkies. I hope the Silkies realize they’re half-sized chickens! *
*Demonstration egg supplied by Safeway.
Our sixth variety of chicken is the Speckled Sussex.
Here’s what My Pet Chicken has to say:
The Sussex have everything: they are great layers of tinted or light brown eggs–and they lay right through the coldest weather. They forage well and are economical eaters that are friendly and easily handled. Their curious nature means they will often follow you around the yard if they think they can beg a treat from you. The “speckled” variety offered here has plumage that gives them some camouflage from predators, too. Many tend to get more speckles after each successive molt, so they just get prettier with age. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a chicken?
Here’s a chick:
And here’s what the eggs look like: