This blog is a little bit about everything. My life as a mother, a wife, and owner of a home with an acre. We like to call it our family farm. My family currently consists of the human members- my husband, S and our two beautiful girls, B and O; then there are the animals- our dogs, Charlie & Lola Belle and our Chickens. Check back often, you never know when we'll add a new member! ; )
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Our first egg!
Imagine our surprise when we went out to open the chicken coop this morning and inside we found our very first egg! Luckily B & O were done with breakfast, so I let them come with me to feed the goats and let out the chickens before heading off to school. We fed Dallas & Dixie, opened up the chicken door, then I opened up the nest boxes to see if they had left them alone (they've been scratching all the straw out of the boxes lately). Well, what do I see inside- in a nest box right where it's supposed to be? An egg! Right next to the golf balls. "Golf balls?" Yep. Chickens want to lay their eggs where they think they will be safe, so putting fake eggs (wooden ones you can buy at craft stores or feed stores) or even golf balls will help the chickens think others have laid eggs there, so it must be a safe spot. Most chickens are followers- they trust other chickens and will do what they do. If one pecks at something, the others will as well. So, my little golf ball trick worked, and in the nest box were 2 golf balls and the very first egg. B & O were so excited! They each got to show the egg to their classes as I dropped them off and they were so proud! We think it was the work of Trixie, a Barred Rock hen, since she is the oldest at 22 weeks (and the others are about 18 & 19 weeks) so we all gave her a little pat and said thank you. Now we'll look forward to collecting eggs every day!
Here it is next to a grocery store XL egg for comparison...
Their first eggs tend to be small, and can vary a little in size as they lay more. This one is pretty good size, though!
Here she is, Trixie, who we assume laid our first egg!