Today, my Speckled Sussex pullet, Pippa, has laid her first egg! It was so small (about the size of a golf ball), soft-shelled, and broken open a little by the time I got out to the coop to discover it, but I was so amazingly proud. She's been shrieking nonstop for so long that I thought she'd never get on with it. When she went quiet this afternoon, I somehow knew that this would be the day. She came in from the coop yard, got herself a sip of water, climbed up in the nesting boxes, and settled down. Sure enough, upon returning later in the hour, her first little egg was among the pine flakes. She was guarding it and seemed unsure of me examining it. Sorry for gushing, but I am so proud of that chicken! Anyway, I was wondering if it was normal for pullets who have laid their first eggs or are new to the process of egg-laying to have low energy or be tired afterwards. Pippa has seemed a bit out of it ever since she did it. She's eating and drinking, but in a dazed, loopy sort of way. She seems sleepy and not at all like her normal loud, hyper persona. Just curious if it was something to worry about. Thank you for any advice or tips.