Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Meet the Flock: Brown Leghorns

We have two Brown Leghorns (pronounced leggern by those in the know). Both lay medium-sized white eggs. You can tell that they will lay white eggs by looking at the photo--see the white earlobes? Earlobe color is a pretty reliable guide to egg color.

These are the only hens we have right now that lay white eggs. These girls are super sweet and have the world's softest dark brown feathers with a gorgeous purple and green sheen (called beetling) that you can just see in the photo.

One odd quirk about these two hens is that they are determined to sleep in the nest boxes. Every night when I go to shut the hen house door and count the hens, I have to pull them out of the nest box and put them on the perch. They get so mad at me! You can here them cuss me out in chicken language all the way up at the house.