I am so excited that I got my very first egg today from the chickens that I raised! I saw my 7 month old Black Australorp go into the nest box a little while ago. My rooster followed her in and stayed with her, which is unusual because he never leaves his flock. I was so hoping she was going to finally lay an egg (the wait has seemed so LONG!), so I decided to sit it out and see what happened. Sure enough, about an hour later, they both came out announcing it to the world that she laid her first egg! I immediately collected it and was surprised to find a white egg with blood on it. So now I'm wondering..... can brown egg layers start out laying white eggs and is it normal for the first egg to be bloody? TIA! ETA: I have done some research and am now wondering if I actually have an Australorp. See post # 5.