Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

A chicken, or Gallus gallus domesticus, a semi-domesticated fowl and a subspecies of Red Junglefowl, having reached the age of 16-20 weeks is able to lay eggs. A hen will lay a clutch of eggs and devote herself to hatching her clutch after 21 days incubation. Once a clutch is laid, the hen ceases to lay and is said to become ‘broody’. If the eggs are removed from the clutch the hen continues to lay to make a clutch. For this reason it is necessary to collect eggs frequently.

An egg laying hen is referred to as a ‘layer’. A chicken said to be a ‘good layer’ will fetch a better price at a sale than a ‘poor layer’. I wish we had room in the garden for some layers.

So there you have it…pass the salt and pepper please.

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18 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

  1. Madhu says:

    A clever interpretation Tony šŸ˜€ .
    Growing up, our morning chores involved collecting eggs from the hens allotted to each of us five siblings! One time, a rat snake got to ‘mine’ before I did!! See….you stirred fond memories šŸ™‚

    • 2far2shout says:

      Madhu thanks for your affirming response. Chickens and childhood kind of go together; befriending the birds, collecting eggs, feeding them, locking them in at night ……and eating them!
      See you…

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  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Very clever Tony and I’ll take mine poached. It would be lovely to keep chooks and collect fresh breakfast!

  5. Rainee says:

    I like the twist – I hadn’t thought of that option šŸ™‚

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  11. Tish Farrell says:

    V. funny, Tony. Hens I had not thought of for this challenge. Also need to thank you for the conker tip, though actually I have not seen a single one this year. Do they work on harvestmen?

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    • 2far2shout says:

      I haven’t encountered Harvestmen (Daddy long legs in North America). In our house conkers disuade all spiders inspite of our proximity to water meadows and rivers.
      Should I come across a Harvestmen, I’ll try the salt and pepper and let you know the result. Do you like/dislike Harvestmen? (Harvestmans?)
      As always, thanks for your comment

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