Thursday, December 2, 2010
Fall is finally settling in here in Eastern NC. Our rainbows of showy fall leaves are usually at their peak while our temps are still in the 70s, so I really have to room to whine about finding frost for the first time this morning... in December.
Our first fall gardens are still looking good, I think. With no past experience to compare it to I can only hope they are on track with our broccoli, cabbage, spinach and carrots. At least they look good.
I'm pretty set on expanding our small flock of chickens in the Spring and I'd love to be able to be able to add some different colored eggs to our basket every morning. That may mean adding some green/blue laying chickens but my eye is on a beautiful feathered prize: the Black Copper Marans. Dark chocolate colored eggs, I want them. Problem is, good ones aren't easy to come by.
I've been spending time researching the chickens I want, specifically looking at colored egg layers with docile, sweet personalities. I'm excited to have a fellow chicken addict and long-time friend who also wants to add to her flock this spring, so I have someone to bounce ideas and info off of. We both haunt the Backyard Chickens forums, picking people's brains and comparing notes. This morning I set my sights even higher and sent an inquiring email to the Marans Queen herself, Bev Davis, so I'm hoping to get some insight from her as to what to expect and how we should go about finding what we want.
So, I'm on the hunt for the illusive Black Copper Marans. I have a feeling it is going to take a lot of patience and research (and maybe an extra dollar to two... haha) but in the end, it's great to have goals. Even if they are feathered and people are already calling me the crazy chicken lady. Could be worse...