We started out with some Barred Rocks...they were pretty chickens...mostly black, with white spots, and they had very nice temperaments. (Those are the Barred Rocks on my profile picture). They loved to sit on the top of the fence...and flutter over into the garden for adventure. However, we were not impressed with their egg laying. We got some pretty large eggs...some doubles and even a triple yolker...but even during the longest days, they never gave us 100%.
Next, we got some Red Sex Links...they are bred to do especially well in cold weather...and we've been more pleased with the number of eggs we've been getting. They, however, aren't especially interesting birds. Yes, they come running whenever they see me, and follow me around like the Pied Piper, but they're just...chickens!
So...we decided to mix it up a bit. I found an Amish farmer who was willing to sell me just three Americauna hens. Yesterday morning I picked them up and introduced them to their new home. There was quite a bit of squawking going on in the pen, as they established their new pecking order, but in spite of the adjustments, this is what we found...
They lay the most beautiful eggs!
Maybe Dr. Seuss was right...and we'll have green eggs and ham for breakfast tomorrow!