As mentioned in an earlier post, I was planning to purchase three more chickens at the Farmer’s Market in town yesterday. These are my three new girls, one of whom has the most beautiful white markings on her feathers. They spent the day in a galvanized vegetable bed (which luckily, I had not filled with soil) until nightfall when I put them into the chook house. I had been advised that this might make their integration into the flock a bit easier and reduce the aggressiveness of the older girls towards the young ones. I’m not sure if it made much difference, as I witnessed some bullying today, but they will all settle down in a week or so. The good news is – these little 19 week old hens are laying already, even if their eggs are quite small as can be seen below. The little ones weigh less than 40 grams, while the big ones are over 70 grams. Their egg size will increase as they mature.