{31 Days} Intentional Living – Day 22

Find the rest of my {31 Days} Intentional Living series here.

One thing that I have been trying to do more of with regards to my definition of Intentional Living, is use what I have.  I thought last week that I was being a genius putting my chickens out in my garden.  And they did a great job out there for a little while.  But, then apparently, they were bored.

Clearly it makes much more sense for my chickens to roost next to my door rather than turn up the garden.  So I have been letting them be chickens this past week, trying to get the outside cleaned up for winter, I am letting them roam free.  They keep coming back, so that is a plus!  Although, since I started letting them really free range, something strange has happened.

You might not understand right off.  You see, we have 6 white chickens (which we think are the leghorn variety), and 2 araucana chickens.  Do you see the issue yet?  Right along we have been getting 6 white eggs and 2 colored eggs.  One would be the first dark green egg, and then the other would be the light blue egg you see sitting next to it.  These colored eggs would tend to show up one in the morning and one in the evening.  Imagine my surprise when going into the chicken coop this weekend and finding a brown egg (or what Emma prefers to call pink!).  So, can anyone help me out with this?  Do we have a visitor chicken coming and laying eggs in our chicken coop?  Or can chicken eggs change colors?  I’m assuming that one of the araucanas have been laying the green/blue eggs and then the other one just started laying these pink eggs…maybe?

I am linking up at the Barn HopRural Thursday, and Clever Chicks Blog Hop

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    1. I think that must be the case! But, it was so strange because I had been getting 8 eggs/day and then all of a sudden this brown/pink egg comes along. I'm still watching to see if any random chicken comes over to our chicken coop looking to hang out with my ladies…they are pretty cool after all 😉

  1. My guess is that you don't actually have 6 Leghorns and I suspect that the hens you refer to as "Araucanas" are actually Easter Eggers (a cross between a blue egg-laying breed and a brown egglaying breed, which would explain the olive colored egg and maybe the blue egg.
    You can read more about Araucanas and Easter Eggers on my blog here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html I'd be happy to take a look at a photo of your flock if you'd like to share it on my Facebook page, perhaps we can get to the bottom of this for you! http://www.facebook.com/egg.carton.labels.by.adozengirlz

    I found you on the Homestead Barn Hop and would LOVE to have you link up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/clever-chicks-blog-hop-5-happy-hen.html
    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  2. If your aracaunas have a cross somewhere in their bloodline they can lay a pink egg. These chickens are called easter eggers. If your leghorns have a cross somewhere they can lay a brownish egg. I would think that this change in egg color would happen in their first year of egg laying though. Not being sure how old your girls are this may or may or may not help you.

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