Our egg laying adventures continue. Star, one of my "Little Girls" was the first to start laying at just under 18 weeks. She's a Red Star and totally earns her name - lovely russet eggs every day, always in the nest box. Then she strayed a bit, did't lay in the box, we found one of her eggs in the middle of the yard one day, but she seems to have returned to her previous good habits. She's such a good girl.
Next up was Rhoda, our big lovely RIR, she started laying small light brown eggs, but not in the coop - these girls free range so we had to do some hunting. She had made the sweetest little nest in some bushes and was faithfully leaving them there for us. Then she seemed to stop laying for several days, or hiding them in a new spot. Just the other day we found a very big egg in her color - inside 3 yolks! I think she was holding them in for a few days??
Next I found what I think is the Welsummer's egg. a lovely deep red brown, with speckles and a shiny surface, vs. Star's matte chalky egg. So Wellington's our 2nd "Big Girl" to lay - though she does not like to squat for me. She's not friendly that way.
Chickadee, or Speckled Sussex and top girl, has I believed started to lay - we found a funny little pale egg after several nights of soft membranes dropped from her roost.
Finally, just this morning, Astra our lovely Black Austrolorp and fourth "Big Girl" gave me a significant wide squat. I was delighted somehow. I love this bird and was so happy to be able to pick her up and give her a big hug.
It's amazing how my affections increase for the birds who start laying. My two early layers immediately became my favorite birds, I find them so beautiful, I love to just sit down in the grass with them and talk -- Is this normal? ...you know what I mean?