The 37 hens started laying eggs at the end of the summer, and we were soon swimming in the lovely pale brown, white or green eggs. I had heard that the flavor is different, and it's certainly true. The yolks are a keep golden color, and taste marvelous. The Pearl White Leghorns lay large perfectly white eggs, and at first many had double yolks. The Buff Orpingtons (that's what Jammie is, a Buff) lay pale pale brown eggs; the Silver Lace Wyandotts lay white eggs as well, and the Auracanas lay the pale blues and greens. It's magic.
The biggest surprise is how much character they have. I can tell them apart, even though there are six of each of the six breeds. They differ in feather colors and personalities amongst the breeds, and amongst the individuals. They are great company, and this summer I spent hours watching them careen around the yard and garden, into the bushes, and free-ranging down the drive.
Winter has curtailed their hunting--yes, they are omnivores and wil eat bugs, worms, and even small mammals. I chased one down this summer that hat found a small dead mouse. I took it away only because it might have died from poison left in one of the houses, but that hen was ready to gulp it down!