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Chicken shed

The girls have been complaining. They’ve noticed too many posts about vegetables and bees and too few about hens.

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Did you know that the colour of a hen’s egg relates to her ears?

Ears?

You didn’t know hens had ears!

Well I obviously haven’t done my job very well then.

A hens ears don’t stick out but are quite visible.

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The ‘ear’ is a curved flat area behind the hen’s eye. It’s a strange wrinkled skin area.

And the colour of the ear is associated with the egg colour.

This creamy coloured hen of our has white ears and lays white eggs.

Her black, grey and red sisters all lay off white (or brown) eggs.

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The nosy hens are now laying larger eggs.

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Hope they’re happy to be in the spotlight!

What colour eggs do your hens lay?

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46 comments on “Chicken shed

  1. Uncle Spike
    September 28, 2014

    I’m off outside to inspect my chooks ears then 🙂

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  2. R
    September 28, 2014

    I am astounded – I had no idea.

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    • lizard100
      September 28, 2014

      It’s a slightly bizarre thing. White warred hens lay white eggs.

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  3. cheergerm
    September 28, 2014

    Good grief, you learn something every day! Cute chickens!

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  4. Emma Sarah Tennant
    September 28, 2014

    Amazing – I didn’t know hens had ears in their eyes! 🙂 Great hen post – I’m sending this to the hen people at our apiary, quite enough about bees!

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    • lizard100
      September 28, 2014

      The ear is near the eye. It’s a wrinkly patch.

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  5. Ellen Hawley
    September 28, 2014

    Just sent the link to a chicken-raising friend.

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    • lizard100
      September 28, 2014

      Thank very much. But they probably know it already.

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  6. janeybgood
    September 28, 2014

    My hen trivia is now rather impressive, thank you! 🙂

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    • lizard100
      September 28, 2014

      No worries! If you have hens how many white eggs do you get?

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      • janeybgood
        September 28, 2014

        I don’t have any but when I was in primary (elementary) school, our teacher kept them in the school’s garden. It’s one of my favourite memories 🙂

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      • lizard100
        September 28, 2014

        So sweet! Our hens are very funny!

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  7. Grower
    September 28, 2014

    I’d heard this so when I mentioned it to the woman we get eggs and goat cheese from she said, “You mean my Amercanas have green ears?!” Do you know if it’s true for the more colorful eggs or just brown vs white?

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    • lizard100
      September 28, 2014

      I think it’s just about white. White ears=white eggs. Non white ears= non white eggs. It’s one of those gene things

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  8. jemills56
    September 28, 2014

    I never knew that, or gave much thought to a chicken having ears 🙂

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    • lizard100
      September 29, 2014

      They’re hearing is pretty special. I need to blog about that and the way they talk.

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  9. BerLinda
    September 28, 2014

    Now I want to find a chicken and check its ears 😉

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  10. silverbells2012
    September 28, 2014

    Now, you’ve just answered a question I’ve often asked myself lol. For some reason I love white eggs, not that they taste different, I know 😉

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  11. tootlepedal
    September 28, 2014

    Good looking eggs.

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  12. Patrick
    September 29, 2014

    Always wished I was able to have raised chickens for myself so I enjoyed this charming post.

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    • lizard100
      September 29, 2014

      It’s quite simple to keep hens. You could still have some.

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  13. Rambling Woods
    September 29, 2014

    I didn’t know that…glad to see the girls

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  14. Kim in Fiji
    September 29, 2014

    Hi – I did know, and had some photos in my blog on 8 May 2014 http://ffwrfromfiji.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/8-may-2014/

    But our eggs are never beautiful and speckled like yours! I want them! I think they must be from hens wearing earrings!

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    • lizard100
      September 29, 2014

      Ah! I didn’t explain all the eggs. The small speckles ones are quail eggs. It’s not clear why they have the blotches exactly.

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  16. mjh333
    November 19, 2014

    I never knew that, good dinner conversation. Haha brilliant, thanks 🙂

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