I am a new backyard chicken keeper, and the chicks I brought home in mid-April are slowly growing in amazing, sweet hens (I have 7 hens and 1 rooster named Princess Bubblegum). Last week, I discovered the most amazing little brown egg in my garden. I quickly got nesting boxes up and running (golf balls and all) to be ready for future production...my mystery layer skipped the next day...but then the following afternoon I found a second brown egg in the nesting box. I was thrilled!
This was on Saturday, so it's been four days since egg #2. My chickens are free range...and we are in the mountains of Vermont...so it's possible she's laying elsewhere (I honestly think I only have one layer right now), but I was so optimistic after discovering she successfully used the nesting box.
So my question is: Is it common for new egg makers to lay irregularly? As I mentioned in the thread title, they are only about four months old, which is still young!
I have been searching for possible insights in vain, so any help is greatly appreciated!