I am fairly new to chickens. My ex husband and I have raised a few flocks over the years, but this year's crop are the best! I got the itch last November when we went to the feed store and saw all the day old chicks. I decided to buy three and bring them home as a present for my kids. Well, when my ex saw the three lonely chicks in their box with heat lamp, he quickly went back and got 14 more, logically, since it costs so much to keep the heat lamp going you might as well! We raised them with so much hands on love and care that they are the happiest and easiest to handle chickens we have ever had. We have Sicilian Buttercups, Wyandotte, Americaunas, and one or two other breeds. They laid their first egg (picture below of tiny egg) on Easter. Now we are getting about 8 eggs a day. (Oh, we ended up with 2 roosters.) Came here today because one laid a very gelatinous, soft egg yesterday and I was worried. Looks like that may be fairly normal for chickens who are just getting started, right? They are on laying mash. Oh shoot. I can't seem to post pics. I will try later. I also have 2 dogs, a cat, and 5 goats.