first eggies!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by halfwaynowhere, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. halfwaynowhere

    halfwaynowhere Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    La Puente, CA
    on saturday, we found three brown eggs. Yay! The girls were hatched just before easter, so they are about five months old. Only the australorp and the RIR have layed, I guess we missed an egg from the day before. Yesterday there was one more egg...
    the eggs are so cute and tiny, and the girls have been very noisy. three of the eggs are a lighter shade than the other, is there a way of telling which girl layed which color eggs, without catching them in the act?
    and how long does it take until the eggs start getting to be a better size?
    with the prices of eggs these days, i'm so excited to finally get some of my own!
  2. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    Congrats! My first eggs are now almost normal size ( its been about 2 weeks). I have a new one that just started laying too so i started getting small ones again!

    All mine are brown egg layers, so I can't be sure who laid what either!
  3. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    I can tell who lays what egg by the color, size and shape. Different breeds lay different shades of brown eggs and different hens within the same breed will vary too. You do need to see who has been in the nesting box to figure it out. The eggs will get larger as they keep laying. After their first molt the eggs get larger also.
  4. halfwaynowhere

    halfwaynowhere Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    La Puente, CA
    well, now i've got half a dozen tiny eggs! I suppose I'll have to start eating them soon, lol. Its just fun to see your own fresh eggs pile up in the fridge...
    I think its just one hen thats laying, the australorp. Its consistently been one egg a day, except that first day we found three. But those three weren't in the nest box, so we think we just missed them earlier.
    I heard the clucking this morning, and ran out to see who it was! two girls were outside of the nest box, and when i peeked in the box, there was my australorp, with one egg!
    at what age should the leghorn start laying? I read something as early as seventeen weeks, but my girls are all twenty three weeks. i guess i just have to be patient... I'm just excited that pretty soon, i'll be able to give away fresh eggs!

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