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First Egg!

8 December 2008 5 Comments

I’ve long watched other chicken-bloggers report their first eggs, and now it’s finally my turn!

When I came home from work today, I went out into the backyard to have a look at the garden and the chickens, as I normally do. On a whim, I opened up the door to the roost to check it was all OK. There in the sawdust was an egg!

I grabbed the girls and got them to come out and see. Everyone was very excited.

Megan was cooking dinner, so we took it inside and cooked it up straight away. The yolk really sat up high in the pan, and the white stayed together (like store-bought free-range eggs, only even more so) rather than running everywhere (like cage eggs). Hannah ate the white, and Megan and I shared the yolk. Yum!

Of course, this egg came from Molly the leghorn. Still no sign of eggs from the silkies!

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5 Comments »

  • Libby said:

    Wow that’s a decent size first eggs. Our first eggs were VERY small. My girls are over 2 yrs now so production is really dropping off.

    Libby

  • Darren (author) said:

    Yeah, they’re nice and big. I was expecting a few misshapen and small ones to begin with – I’d read that it often takes a few eggs before the hen’s system all gets working properly. She laid another just like the first today.

    Way to go Molly! She got a cicada as a reward this morning :-).

  • Darren (author) said:

    We’ve now had 3 eggs, one every day. I compared them to the large supermarket eggs we buy, which are 59 grams. The two eggs we still have (we ate the first one!) were 55 g and 58 g.

  • Ally and Rich said:

    Yay congratulations on your first egg! Or should I say congratulations Molly on her first egg! Maybe she might even start encouraging the silkies 🙂

    Cheers,

    Ally and Rich http://www.happyearth.com.au

  • Darren (author) said:

    Thanks (on behalf of Molly!). She hasn’t had any influence on the silkies’ egg-laying, but she seems to be teaching them to go up the ladder into the upstairs roost area of the chicken ark. Before they would just sleep on the ground.