Today was the day! we got our first egg! Shadow, our most vocal hen laid her first egg today, she is thought to be 18 weeks this coming weekend so I believe we are right on schedule. Now comes the tricky part. I've been quite dreading this part because it is of thee unknown to me. How do we get her just to eat the layer pellets and oyster shells, WITHOUT SEPARATION!! Honestly we do not have space for that, I know I know, you should consider ever little detail. But will it really hurt the other hens, we have 2 more Isa Browns at the same age, and 2 EE's a few weeks younger, to start eating the layer pellets now? And the oyster shells? We also have a rooster..how do we keep him out of the food? This is going to be quite the job, but totally worth it! I wasn't sure this day was ever going to come! We were all so excited this morning. My fiance woke me up this morning, egg in hand, ready to show the world. He was shaking he was so excited! Like a kid on Christmas! It was so clean too! She did a great job.