Well, today our new black Australorp laid her first egg. We watched her as she laid it right under the tree in front of our window. We were so excited. As soon as she was done we went to collect it, but by the time we got to her she had broke it and started eating it. I immediately took the shell and cleaned up the rest of the mess up. I called up my friend, who has been raising chickens for awhile, and he said I am probably better off just killing it.
I understand this is a very hard habit to break, but I think I'm going to build a separate box and short run for her and try to break her of this habit. Am I wasting my time and energy, or is there hope for this young gal?
Thanks for any info. You all have been so helpful as we have ventured into the world of chickens.