Did I mention that there are five boys and three girls? So far it appears that the boys are the larger ones but anymore it's hard to really tell. They have the biggest little paws...
I think the fall colors are peaking this week. The reds are so vibrant, the oranges breathtaking, and the color combinations are simply breathtaking! I could sit and stare at this tree all day long. I bet the trees at bull run are simply spellbinding!
Mr. Ashley built the whole thing and did a wonderful job! Mrs. Ashley told us her tale... they had gotten an egg Sunday morning and then one other either Monday night before or Tuesday morning; she had spent most of yesterday out at the coop puttering and coming up with decorating ideas thinking all the while "surely they will lay an egg for me"!
While we were there this one chicken kept disappearing into the coop... and we kept disturbing her by peeking into the nest boxes or opening the coop door! We finally decided to give her some privacy and went to pick apples... all of a sudden "buck, buck, buck, SQUAAAAAAAAAWWWWWCK!" and we knew something serious was gong on! Soon the chicken darted out of the coop and announced to the world that she had done something! Imagine our delight when upon opening the box, there laid a brown egg!
The proud hen paraded around the pen squawking and making chicken noises for a while as we slowly "conversed" our way back to the 'burb.
I do believe Mother's chicken fever has come back in full force; she's looking at book with coop plans in it. Maybe next spring we will be the ones making the hens nervous as we wait for those first eggs!