I was gone at school for most of the day and got back home at about 4:00, where I was surprised to be greeted by Fancy, one of my two partridge Plymouth Rocks, as I got out of the truck. She had jumped the fence (apparently twice) and made a nice little nest in the straw bale at the door of the house, where I later found that, at 31 weeks and 2 days old, she had laid her very first egg! There was a little bit of blood on it, but I checked her over and she's just fine. Here is the lovely little gift: Here it is next to the egg her 'twin' sister She Who laid today: She Who started laying just a week and a day before Fancy did, but they've both been talking up a storm for the past couple weeks now. It was after dark by the time I found the egg, but I just had to have a picture of the pretty lady to celebrate. Here is Fancy, surprised by the camera flash: All the while I took pictures of Fancy, I was hearing chattering from higher on the perches. I turned to find Debra Jo, a year-and-a-half old barred Plymouth Rock, glowering at me. Apparently, she was not impressed by this feat. "You can talk to me about it when you've been layin' as long as I have."