My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Lay

Black Copper Marans pullet, Red#55

I love my Black Copper Marans but when you are trying to breed them to the Standard of Perfection, well let's just say that it's hard. This girl, Red #55 is too dark and should have a lot more copper color around her neck. She should also have a lot more feathers down her leg. Both issues can be worked on in the next generation.

Black Coppers should lay really dark chocolate brown eggs like Orange #69 does. Actually hers is about the lightest acceptable color.

I like red #55 as she is fairly large and has a decent
egg from orange #69 laid 10-2-13
shape to her. But I am sooo very disappointed. I can't tell her egg from one of my Buff Orpingtons. ;-(

I _might_ breed her and hatch just a few eggs and raise a couple of pullets to see if her daughters lay reasonably dark. And then again I might just leave her in the layer flock and go look a bit closer at some of the other girls.


  1. Mary, you have chicken raising down to a science, don't you. I'm amazed that you can tell which chicken laid which egg. I can remember the days when I was very young trying to wrangle those eggs away from those old broody hens. I don't think they could ever hurt a young boy but they could sure fluff up and peck with determination. It was just a little scary but I was not going to be intimidated by a chicken that was much smaller than me. Roosters, on the other hand, were just plain mean and almost always went in the stew pot on my uncle's farm. I was always glad when he got rid of them.

    Have a great scientific chicken/egg day.

  2. Hi Dave! I do have a lot of fun with my chickens. One of the ways I know who is laying what egg is by mixing them up; I have been putting my Black Copper girls one at a time in a pen with blue & green layers so I can pin point who is laying what. Not all roosters are mean, some are actually very nice. Meaners are soup around here too.