Yes, the chickens have started laying eggs!! This is a relatively new development, and we are still getting only one or two a day, but I am so excited that I have been documenting every day’s egg harvest on Instagram. 😀
The chickens have grown quite quickly through the summer. One of our hens is definitely a rooster. Clyde von Zeppelin is an enthusiastic crower, and also loves the ladies. I find roosters highly entertaining, though, and actually really enjoy having him. Plus, there’s always a chance that one of the hens will go broody next spring and actually hatch some chicks, which is always a great time.
Here we have the whole flock:
- Clyde von Zeppelin – aracauna (rooster)
- Priscilla – speckled Sussex
- Penelope – cuckoo moran
- Millicent – light brown leghorn
- Esther – black australorp
- Isabelle – Columbian rock
- Charlotte – New Hampshire
- Henrietta – aracauna
While I’m not 100% sure, I’m pretty sure that our first egg came from Charlotte, who has continued to lay every day since her first egg appeared. Someone else, probably Isabelle, is also laying an egg every day or two. Charlotte and Isabelle, along with Priscilla and Esther, will all lay light or medium-brown eggs. Penelope should lay very dark brown, Millicent’s should be white, and Henrietta’s will be either green or blue.
Our first egg was laid September 16. When pullets first start to lay, their eggs are quite small, although they will eventually get bigger.
I’ve legit taken pictures of eggs every day. 😀 This one is in the nest box, which the hens have definitely been using.
Last Sunday we ate some of our eggs for the first time!! Eggs actually can last quite a long time before spoiling, and most store-bought eggs are around a month old. Eggs are comprised of yolk, inner white, and outer white. The fresher an egg is, the less air has entered the egg, which means that the yolk and inner white will stand taller, and the inner white will retain its egg shape, as you can see in this picture. Fresh eggs also tend to be brighter in color.
We’re pretty excited about eggs coming, and will probably expand the flock next spring as well. I also just enjoy watching the chickens. They are also industrious, scratching around and getting into things. Ours are friendly and spoiled, expecting a treat every time someone walks past the fence. They love eating non-mean table scraps, and things like watermelon rinds and corn cobs are their favorite.
All in all, the chickens have been a successful project so far, and having them around makes me super happy, especially now that there are eggs!