Here is the first carton of eggs that we sold! As you can see, the Araucanas that lay blue eggs are rockin’! Not only their eggs bigger, they are now starting to lay more per hen than the others!
The hens are no longer our girls, they are our ladies! And our ladies and giving us 15 eggs a day! If you are one of our customers, we are open for egg business!
When the ladies lay eggs they squawk like nothing you heard before. Some chicken fanatics call it the Egg Song. There is controversy as to whether the noise is from pain or an expression of their excitement.
It’s been two weeks since the chickens started to lay eggs. Every one was perfect in every way and neatly laid inside a nesting box! I WAS very impressed with the ladies performance! Notice the word WAS. After a week of perfection we started to see some interesting things. First, I was getting ready to scramble up 3 eggs when 2 yolks fell out of one of the eggs! Interesting! Just so you know, this is not unusual, especially to young, first timers. There is nothing wrong with eating these eggs. They are perfectly fine.
Over the next couple days I found 3 other funny eggs from first egg hens.
The first one didn’t have a shell! It was just an egg white and yolk laying on the ground underneath the roosting bars.One of the girls must have surprised herself as it came out of her. A couple of the hens were pecking at it not sure what to think.
The second was also found on the floor under the roosts but this one had a shell. Unfortunately the shell was so thin it didn’t survive the fall.
The third was also a thin shell cracked that landed in the poop trays under the roosts.
That was almost a week ago and we have had nothing but perfect eggs since. Top that off with the number of eggs collected increasing by 1 egg a day. We are up to a dozen eggs a day already! They are still a little smaller than your typical large egg, but they are getting bigger and bigger.
We are so please with our little girls. So happy, healthy and laying like crazy. A little demanding when it comes to bringing them snacks every time we visit, but I guess they deserve it!
I went into the coop to feed the chickens this evening. The chickens that were inside started walking out their door when I heard a knocking sound. I looked down to find a small egg being kicked into the wall by the doorway!
YAY! Our first egg! I yelled at my hubby who was refilling the water in the chicken run and I held the egg outside the chicken door. He came running into the coop and started scanning the nesting boxes. JACKPOT! There was another egg in one of the nesting boxes! Someone was watching and learning where the eggs go!
While the chickens have been fun and entertaining, we’ve been waiting for this day when they start paying back! The eggs were smaller than store bought eggs which is normal for newbie chickens. Luckily they weren’t as small as marbles like I’ve seen in pictures of first eggs. Plus they were perfect on the inside. Nothing weird like double yolks or eggs inside of eggs. I’ve seen that first hand and it’s a freaky. And YES, we did eat the eggs the next morning and they were delicious! I’m glad there were two eggs so that each of us could have our own fried egg.
UPDATE: The holiday weekend resulted in a high yield! On Labor Day we got 5 eggs! That means 5 birds worked hard on the holiday! One of those eggs are blue which is what the Araucanas lay. They taste the same, but just tend to be a little smaller than the brown eggs. I’m so happy that all eggs except the first are being laid in the nesting boxes. Those girls learned quick!
Wanna see us frying up our first eggs? Check out the video on What the Flocks YouTube Channel: