I love going out to the pen and finding out a new girl has started laying! I'm expecting so many though! Two days ago, I had my chickens free-ranging in the yard. I found an egg sitting right inside the door of a storage shed, right in the middle of the floor. It was slightly smaller than most of the eggs I gathered, and it was an off-white - not bright white like my leghorns. Furthermore, I had already gathered the two white eggs from the nestboxes, for the leghorns. But I thought maybe one in the pen was laid the night before, and let it go. On a whim, I put it in the incubator anyway. Today I went out to gather eggs, and found THREE white eggs inside the nest box. Now I know I've got a new layer, and I have no idea who! I brought the egg back inside and checked it out, and noticed it's just slightly off-white. I actually had to look REALLY closely to see that it did have a bit of shading to it. It's still a bit small, but knowing my roosters, it's almost definitely fertile. So it also went into the incubator - simply so I can find out who is laying! Now I have two eggs, two days apart in incubation, that are from a mystery hen. And I get to hatch it to find out who is laying! The options are: White Silkie (only one hen), black sumatra (four hens), bantam/ameraucana mix (probably not - they would still have some blueish), frizzle cochin hen (maybe still a bit too young, or maybe it is her). My money is really going on the sumatras, but I'm HOPING it's the silkie! Both of those breeds are around 8 months old right now. The egg is small enough to be a bantam egg, but then if it's the sumatra's first egg (they are large fowl), that would be typical size. Although if it's the silkie, then my luck is she'll go broody before this egg hatches anyway, and ruin the surprise!