30 Jan 2018

What is the difference between a pullet egg and a hen egg?

2018 is going to be about concentrating on the little things to enable us to get more of the big things done! Like they say, if you take care of the pennies, then the pounds will take care of themselves. So, our first port of call is the chicken shack, where the Frugaldom hens reside. Last summer, we hatched out some chicks in the incubator - from a dozen eggs, we had 9 chicks but of those, only 8 survived the first 24 hours and 5 of them were cockerels!


We have kept the three hens and one cockerel but the others now need to be rehomed. One has already gone to a friend whose son is interested in showing poultry, so we can watch out for our lavender cuckoo Araucana appearing in the local shows this summer and, hopefully, winning his young owner some prizes. (If anyone knows of any Araucana owners looking for a new bloodline, please get in contact.) 

Mr Speckles, seen above, is what's known as blue cuckoo colour. He is now settled into his forever home at Frugaldom, along with one blue hen, two lavender hens and the four older hens we were given, so the egg basket has become very colourful - Araucanas lay blue/green eggs, one of our white hens lays a blue/green egg and one of our brown hens lays a pink egg then we get a white egg from the White Star and a brown egg from the other brown hen. 

Young hens are known as pullets and are known as point of lay from around 20 weeks of age. Our babies recently started to lay and these tiny pullet eggs are dwarfed by the ordinary eggs from the older hens. But we are focusing on the little things this year so for now we need double rations for frugal mealtimes, baking or pancake making. There are enough to share with nearby family and friends, so the £1.00 per half dozen I charge for the large eggs is still contributing towards the cost of buying the chicken feed and bedding.

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