My Tiny Brood of Backyard Chooks

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Which of my chickens laid this first egg?

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Who laid me this beautiful, little egg? Which one of you did this?

It could have been any of my three chickens.

They normally free range during the day but for now they are enjoying a little rest and relaxation from all that scratching and pecking. They are currently living in luxury holiday accommodation (their coop and an extended run) while Hannah Hen gets used to living with us and the two Barnevelders. Normally shutting a chicken in for a week would be plenty of time for them to realise where home is but because Hannah Hen used to live across the road in a paddock, I am not going to let them out until next weekend. That will be just over two weeks and if Hannah Hen runs back across the road after all that time sleeping here in her warm luxury accommodation then I will have to accept that she isn’t mine.

This morning just before 8, I went outside to let the sparrows out of the chicken run who had become trapped after sneaking in through the smallest gap to steal the chook’s food. Some of the sparrows were crashing against the chicken wire in the run and some were flying around inside the coop so I lifted the lid of the nesting box to give the sparrows another escape route. In amongst all of this commotion, I almost didn’t register that there was an egg in the nest. My first egg! A little brown egg nestled among the wood shavings.

Whose could it be?

Could it be Hannah Hen’s? She is a bantam so I would expect her to lay a small egg. She has been captive living in the holiday accommodation for ten days now and prior to that we think she was broody and sitting on unfertilised eggs somewhere in the paddock. Maybe it is time for her to start laying again.

Could it be Hilda Hen’s? My Barnevelders are almost six months old and should be laying sometime in the next few weeks. When I first got the Barnies, Hilda was the bigger of the two and seemed to be the most developed. Although her comb was still small, it was quite red. A Barnevelder lays a reasonably large egg but their first one can be small.

Could it be Helen Hen’s? She was the smaller of the two Barnies but in the last few weeks she has had a massive growth spurt and is now quite a bit bigger than Hilda. And I noticed a few days ago that Helen’s comb and wattle are quite developed and a lovely red.

So the layer of this egg could be any of the above. I wonder if we will solve this mystery. The photo below shows our little brown egg sitting beside a “normal sized” free range egg from the shop. Cute huh? I have boiled it and will take it to work tomorrow for lunch.

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9 thoughts on “Which of my chickens laid this first egg?

  1. Oh yes I can really relate to this – great post!

  2. YOUR FIRST EGG!!! Congratulations! It’s a big day!

    (Still waiting… and waiting… and waiting over here). 🙂

    • I’m sorry Christie, I used to be so jealous of THOSE PEOPLE who put up first egg photos. So much so that I wasn’t going to do that…..but then I had to. I was so excited.
      Hard to be patient, isn’t it. I will be watching out for your first egg post.
      My barnevelders are five and a half months. 🙂

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  4. That’s so cute! Did you feel ever so slightly guilty eating it for your lunch? 🙂

  5. EGGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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