I got my first egg today!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Patoot, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went home for lunch and decided to look around the yard to see if Hennie was laying someplace other than the coop/nesting box because she seems ready. I no sooner took two steps outside and saw this beautiful egg! It's HUGE! It's bigger than the large eggs I bought from the store. It's perfect too! I was expecting teeny eggs as their first ones. Woo hoo!

    Here is the beauty:

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    The only problem is she laid it on top of a rubbermaid bin I had put in the garden. I had put a large rubbermaid bin on its side in the flower garden for them to get out of the rain one day. They liked it so I left it there. They sometimes roost on top of it. Well, she must have thought that was a good spot. It's NOT! It could have easily rolled right off and smashed 18inches to its death. [​IMG] How do I encourage her to lay in the nesting boxes? I have a golf ball in there and it's not like the coop is far from the garden. We're talking a matter of seconds to walk over there. From where she laid to the actual coop is 50ft tops.

    What do you think about this idea? Put one of the nest boxes in the garden where she laid this egg and then everyday move it a little close to the coop until she gets it. I was worried she was going to do this because they are almost NEVER in the coop during the day. They love being outside sooo much. Even in torrential (and I mean MAJOR downpour) they stayed outside...hence the little bin to keep them drier. Anyway, can you think of a better idea? I don't want the other 3 to get the wrong idea and start following suit once they start laying.

    I'm SOOOO excited!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bree
     
  2. littlestars17

    littlestars17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice egg : ) I would move the nesting box closer each day and maybe flip the rubbermaid tote upside down and make a hole in the side for them to go in and out for share/cover so if she does lay on the top agian, less risk of rolling?
     
  3. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's funny is the nesting boxes ARE rubbermaid bins with a hole cut in it. Very homey looking I think. The one she laid it on top of is HUGE. It's like 3 ft wide and maybe 22 inches tall. It would be one thing if she laid it IN the box. Oh well. I'm still just psyched about the egg. I'll remove the large bin for now and put the nest box there instead and see if that works. If so, I'll just move it closer to the coop each day and cross my fingers. [​IMG]

    Bree
     
  4. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Congrats...the first egg is always fun and the 2nd and the 3rd, etc. [​IMG]
     
  5. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woo-hoo! High five on the egg!
     
  6. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

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    Congrats! It's so eggciting to get your first egg! Wait til you get enough for an omelet - you'll be in egg-heaven!
     
  7. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    [​IMG] I love first eggs! We are on 4202, and I STILL love them. (I guess that would sound like I was nuts if I said that anywhere but here. [​IMG] )
     
  8. dee88

    dee88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is a beauty! My RIR (20 wks. old) laid her first egg today also! But it was VERY small. I'm sooo happy for you (and me)! Congratulations!
     
  9. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Congrats to you too! I'm not sure how old mine is because I got her when she was already a little bigger...the rancher thought she was 3-3.5 months at the time and that was the middle to end of August. ??? All four of mine are RIR too. I hope your next egg is bigger. [​IMG]

    Bree
     

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