YAY! Hi guys, it's been a very long time since I last posted. Mainly because school has been ripping me up. I am trying to get my nursing RN and raise my four kids at the same time...so basically I'm lucky to have time to breathe. I'm so tired I could cry...*sigh* ANYHOW, I'm doing the happy dance because 4 of my 15 chickens starting laying. They are 6 months old this month. Two Rhode Island Reds, one Ameraucana and one California White. My Barred Rocks are still taking their time. I didn't know how loud they would be when laying!!! Also is it normal for them to "announce" either before or after they lay one? I have noticed that they get up on a the roost and announce the commencing of a laying, and then after they finish they get back up on the roost and announce that the egg is here. It is SO funny!! The other chickens stand below the roost and watch the announcer in awe. I giggle every time. Also, two sort of strange things happened. One was the first time my Ameraucana layed she layed an egg without a shell. It sort of freaked us out. She has been laying fine since, but I was wondering if that was normal. Her eggs are very pretty...it's almost a shame to eat them, but boy they taste good! The other thing is the California White layed her first egg and it was all covered in goop. It was clear and slimey. :| And then she hasn't layed since. That was two days ago. Should I be concerned? How is everyone by the way?