August 20, 2007

First Eggs from New Hens

Back on March 19 of this year I ordered chicks from a hatchery. They arrived and those that survived grew. Almost exactly five months later, the hens are beginning to lay. I got my first small eggs this week, and the rooster that was masquerading as a hen is proudly ordering his flock around.

There is still one old broody Buff Wyandotte that I plan on setting some eggs under once they get to a size where I think there might be a chance they could be fertile. Hopefully I'll manage to get some additional chicks this year yet, so my flock will be re-established from the dog attacks.

It's always fun when the new hens start to lay, the eggs usually start out very small, sometimes without perfectly formed yolks. After a few weeks, the eggs get to be larger, and usually there are a several that end up being huge with double yolks. All are edible.

This week the flock will move to their still incomplete chicken yard. Work has been the delay, I got booked on two pilots in a row, one about Mick Foley the wrestler and another for CBS starring Craig Ferguson. Both funny, both reality, both would not require writers (there is a Writers Guild of America strike looming).

It used to be network pilot season was in January or February, the networks would choose which shows they wanted to air from the pilots, then production would begin in spring and be concluded by late fall or early winter. As cable networks have become more powerful and the 'big five' networks have to compete, pilot season seems to have moved later and later. The shows we are doing pilots for now would be backups to the announced fall schedule for a network, easy to create and finish in a short time so there would be a show available to put into a time slot where an original show was not working.

But the frenzy of producing a perfect show on no money means long hours for us worker bees who have to create the actual programs. But this week I have a couple of days off to finish the hen yard, so maybe I can move my flock to their new luxury accommodations.

Cheers for chickens!