Today, as I was cleaning out the chicken coop, I found our very 1st eggs from our very own backyard chickens– two cute little brown eggs!!
I’m not sure when they were laid, or which hen laid them, but they were in the nest box and they are still fresh. They are smaller than normal eggs, but that is to be expected in the early laying stages. Finding eggs now is actually a bit earlier than I expected since our hennies are barely over 4 months old. I had heard 5-7 mo is the normal range to start laying.
Anyway, yay for fresh eggs!! I am very excited! Time to start mixing in oyster shell with their chicken scratch.
And speaking of chickens, we got Rose back. She is one of the original eight chickens that I bought back in February. We tried introducing her in the daytime to her sisters, but it did not go over too well. Blackie, our Black Australorp immediately started pecking her, and when I put Blackie away, Rose started pecking at Goldielocks. Maui and Ginger, our two friendly Rhode Island Reds (I think?) mostly stayed out of it.
Right now, poor Rose is asleep in a cat litter box in our basement, and I will try to sneak her into the coop late at night when the other girls are fast asleep. Hopefully, that will work, and balance will be restored in the hen house.
June 30th, 2008 — Here is a photo of the 3rd egg we got; it was a double yolker!