First egg today! Hullo from South Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pirategirlvix, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. pirategirlvix

    pirategirlvix In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2012
    South Australia
    My partner said some months ago that we should get a chicken. We were driving through the hills and saw the various 'Eggs 4 Sale' or 'Chicken Poo' signs on the roadside and it got us talking. I did the usual 'yes dear maybe some day' and left it at that, but the idea was in her head and within a few hours of discussion, it had been decided that we would get not one chicken, but two!

    I visited this forum often as a guest, and learned a lot about this new venture... although I wholeheartedly admit, we're still massive n00bs.
    We bought a put-together-yourself coop from ebay, put our name in for a pair of pullets, and stumbled blindly in, learning and keeping one step ahead of the chickens development.

    We have just received our first egg today. We have a pair of ISA Browns called Henny Penny and Hen Pecked (we decided on the names that first day in the hills, but had to wait to see who earned which title!).
    They are happy little vegemites right now, and so are we. Proud mums indeed.

    We put their egg next to the store bought eggs in the fridge and oh wow the difference in size! Which I knew would be the case as I had enjoyed backyard chicken eggs in the past, but still, a little flush of pride to actually see it and know its our hard work paying off.

    I had read here that sometimes the first egg has a soft shell while they get their mineral intake right, but this one is perfect! I've been feeding them ground shell grit of washed store-bought eggs for a few weeks now, as we patiently waited for them to lay and bought each carton with a 'oh well one more carton to keep for when it finally starts!'.
    I saw their bottoms fluffing and Penny in particular had begun to flush her comb deeper red. I had moved them into a nicer part of the yard under the fruit trees, and only last week expanded their little flatpacked coop using the frame of an old couch so they had a bit more space to stretch their legs. Eventually I'll expand it again.

    Their grandmother (my mum has accepted the fact that she will only get grandkittens and grandchooks) gave them a big box of lettuce leftovers from the green grocers and it was the first time I've heard them be so audibly happy.

    There's a big fuss over them now. I think the cat is going to be jealous soon.

  2. pirategirlvix

    pirategirlvix In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2012
    South Australia
    oops sorry,
    I'm not good at formatting in forums yet.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello, pirategirlvix, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I think a lot of people got into chickens in a similar fashion...kind of getting their feet wet and then finding they really liked it. Congrats on the first egg!!

  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!!

  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Congrats on your first egg!

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