Ginger spent all day, November 5, preparing a nest, three nests actually, one per nesting box in the chicken coop.
On the morning of November 6, she created initial round depressions in the straw of the laying boxes, while her two sisters stood outside the nesting house door, watching with interest and no small amount of gossip. Both sisters got bored and abandoned her when she was still at it by afternoon, tucking one straw, then another, into her final, chosen box. She apparently finished by 3PM, because she jumped up, ran outside the coop, drank, ate and acted totally unconcerned the rest of the evening.
She quietly laid her egg sometime the next morning without so much as a cackle. The failure to engage in a happy, "egg song" was surprising, given all the noise the previous day.
She came to us as a day old chick on June 1st, 2015 and laid her first egg on November 6, 2015.
So here she is a productive new member of the working community along with her product. Yay Ginger!
Ginger is a Buff Orpington hen purchased as a day-old chick from the Murray McMurray Hatchery. Her sisters include Pepper, a black Australorp hen and Curry, a golden Wyandotte hen who refused to pose for this picture. I personally think she is a bit jealous, as she is the alpha of my small flock, and doubtless feels that she should have been the first to produce an egg.
Ginger's career is clipping along at a good pace. She has produced one egg per day since her first. All subsequent egg laying episodes have been followed up with an appropriate, "egg song", which she shares on the stoop of the back door until we come out and acknowledge her efforts. So perhaps the silence on the morning of the first was simply the result of surprise.
Edited by Priscilla Feathers - 11/13/15 at 10:42am