Finally got one, My first egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WindyOaksYokes, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Hey all
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    I finally got my first egg!!!!!!!! Exactly 17 weeks today. Momma was acting kind of wierd and kept being territoral in the coop. So I just kept watching her and kept my distance but kept a eye out on her!!!!! What a tiny egg. Its so cute!!!!!! Well here are some pictures of momma and her first egg... I have a few chickies out in the wood acting strange too... So need to go check them. Oh yah... I told her what such a good girl she was and how she worked so hard in this heat... and left the egg in there for about 15 minutes after she walked away from it, then stole it, was this correct??????





    Question: Since she is the only one that layed and I have 30+ more that need to start laying... don't I need to wait until the others are laying before giving them layer feed? Also, I am just to put the oyster shells in a seperate area and not with the feed?? Am I correct on this??? Any help would be useful. Thanks [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2007
  2. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Congrats!! You did never gets old!!!
  3. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Thanks new chick... but now no egg today [​IMG] I figured it was do to the heat!!! But I still have my egg... and thinking of blowing it out and saving it!!! heehee.

  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    [​IMG] YAY!! I love hearing about first eggs.
    The proud new layer looks exhausted! [​IMG]

    What I've done is started mixing layer with the grower and slowly mix less and less grower. Best to get them on free feed oyster shell, too.
  5. pharr389

    pharr389 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    southeast georgia
    my hens haved started laying this week, also. 3 eggs so far
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If they are about 18 weeks old, regardless of egg laying or not, I'd just go ahead and give them layer feed. First eggs are always exciting!
  7. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    Yeeehaa! Congrats to y'all! The whole egg thing is so exciting!
  8. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    ugggggg I still have about full trashcan full of starter (plus a full bag in storage)... ugggg... what do I do with it all??? I can mix it.. but it will take me forever... well I guess the ducks can still eat it... they won't be laying anytime soon... or at least from what I have read they shouldn't be... Okay as for the oyster shells, I put it in a seperate feeder all by itself. so far I don't think I have any takers... but it is there for them if they want it.

    As for my hen, she did not lay today, this is normal right??? I mean with this 100 degree heat I know I personally wouldnt want to be!!!! [​IMG] And yes, the poor momma was totally exhausted... i felt so sorry for her... gave her some ice chips and watermelon [​IMG] she's a real trooper.

    By the way, brings me to another question... we are replacing our floors so under our house is exsposed and the chickens hide under it cause it is so cool.... will they lay eggs on dirt???? I guess maybe I should get a flashlight and go crawling huh??? [​IMG]

    Pharr.... 3 eggs??? wait a minute now... not fair LOL... I have 40 hens and only got one... how old are yours???

    Well, have a storm coming in... hopefully it cools things down!!! I guess I will get off this thing before I loose it...

    Have a good nite all... and thanks

    Tes [​IMG]
  9. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    She's a Barred Rock right? 17 weeks!!! Mine are 15 weeks on Monday. Now you have me all excited!!!
  10. pipit

    pipit In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brooksville, FL
    Congrats! Your girl looks like my beautiful Barred Rock, Betty. Betty still has about a month to go before she starts to lay.

    Isn't exciting, though? Every time I go out to the coop it's like Christmas morning.[​IMG]

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