Monday, January 12, 2009

The Eggs Have Arrived!!

Last Thursday night, I was dropping D off at a friend's house when I got a text from Jerry saying he had found something in the chicken coop, and could I guess what it was.

I had just been saying how I hoped a snake or rat or other varmit wouldn't get in there (we leave it open during the day) so I didn't even consider it would be an egg.

The text came back in all caps "CONGRATS U HAVE EGG". I was so excited I started jumping up and down and laughing. Now, if you have raised chicks from a day old, only to watch them eat tons of chick food and wait, day after day to get that first egg, you totally know the feeling I had. It was so exciting!

We have 10 hens, most of which should lay brown eggs. But it was a white egg. So, I suspected it was the Leghorns. On Friday, it was warm, sunny and just a wonderful day. D and I were outside watching the chix when one of them started making quite a racket in the coop. We looked and sure enough, she was getting ready to lay. So, I actually saw her lay egg #2. Saturday, no egg, but Sunday, another egg. So, we are up to 3 eggs. I thought it was too early for them to be laying, they're only 17.5 weeks old, but hey, I think I have an overachiever in the bunch. And, it was the the smallest chicken in the flock that laid first.

After she laid on Friday, I watched both roos go into the nest and mimic her... which was pretty funny. None of the other hens seemed interested at all.

Now, if Jerry would just get the nesting boxes done, they would have a proper place to lay.


Tina. said...

I totally understand!And come April my peeps should arrive. I can hardly wait. Then I will be on the egg watch wait probably around late September! Chickens are so much fun!

Amber said...

I don't have chickens, but I imagine it's sort of like watching your kid do something amazing for the first time. Finally seeing all that work pay off.

Anyways, what I really want to say is, congratulations! Enjoy the eggs!

Patrice Farmer said...

Congrats to YOU!!!

Claire said...

Love the eggs! I remember my first egg and it was like I'd laid it myself! Way to go!

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

Congrats on the eggs!

Janelle said...

I have so many Chicken questions, congratulations on your eggs :)