I am new here to this forum, so hello to all. This is my first chicken a hen. She found me from someone's backyard, I have no idea from where. Since our neighborhood is not zoned? I have had her for about 2 months now, and we've fallen in love with each other.I know that sounds kooky (sp)... She is letting me hold her, will eat out of my hand, and follows me. This is the craziest thing I've seen. Of course my husband and son are falling for her also. Just wanted to give you some background about Lucy and ourselves. I have no idea what kind of chicken she is, she looks like a R island red... Today this morning she layed her first egg!!! Perfect and big, but white in color? I thought perhaps she would lay a brown egg because of her color? Two questions: When will we be able to start eating the eggs, wait awhile? Second: She is picking and scratching a little, not pulling any feathers out! I'm wondering if she has mites or lice or is this a common thing chickens do? She's a mellow chicken, but definitely a fine happy chicken.. I have be feeding her the best of feed that the chicken feed store has, I feed her grapes which she loves but not everyday and greens fresh. If anyone out there could help me in my new endeavor, to keep her healthy and happy. I'd love it! I am a novice as you can see, so any help with all of my questions especially about when it's safe to eat her eggs. And the bugs, which I have looked thoroughly through I may not be seeing what I should. THANK you so much for reading through all of my confusion! Patricia.