My first chickens were hatchery birds, and I'm really fond of them. They're friendly, they lay well, they make me happy. Except for one, a Wellie who has never laid an egg (she's almost a year old), wants nothing to do with me, and as you might suspect she isn't a shining example of her breed in the looks department. Well, this year I've decided to start hatching my own eggs so that I can really choose what I want and know where they're coming from (for the most part). Last week my daughter was visiting and was out in the coop with me, and I was telling her about the Wellie. I said I was either going to rehome her, or send her to camp. THAT AFTERNOON she squatted, and two days later she laid an egg. Coincidence? I think not. When I called my daughter to tell her she said it was kind of a creepy "Animal Farm" thing. Whatever - Wellie gets to stay. Top left, doesn't it look like she shined it up just to make a good impression?