**our First Eggs!!!**

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Barreds N' Tards Ranch, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Barreds N' Tards Ranch

    Barreds N' Tards Ranch Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2010

    Today my eight year old daughter found our first eggs!!! Very excited!!! I think they were laid by the Silkies. They are small and the lightest of brown color with some white
    speckles. There were four of them. We live in Orange County California and are totally stoked Dude!!! I do have a Question though...Is it possible that if we found four eggs, and assuming that the two Silkies will lay one a day each, that they started yesterday and will they be alright to eat? I am trying to hold myself back from goin' total Rocky Balboa here and suckin' them down. But I don't want to go out like Old Yeller either...My wife would be just the one to have to put me down....kidding.

    If anyone could answer the numerics question and how long an egg can sit in a nesting box and be alright to eat...that would be great.

    On a side note...the other chickens out of the five that we have are...A Brama, A Cochin, and a Barred Rock.


    A Man and his Chickens
  2. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    First of all, Congrats on your first eggs [​IMG] and [​IMG] ! As far as if the eggs are good to eat, you can keep eggs on the counter for several weeks and they will still be good to eat so if one of you hens layed the eggs in the past few days they will be good. [​IMG]
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

    Congrats on the eggs! You probably have more than 1 laying, but I would not assume the silkies will lay one each day. Eggs can naturally last quite a while. (couple weeks on the counter, couple months in the fridge if unwashed) The eggs will be fine, enjoy.
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    Congratulations and Welcome!
  5. Barreds N' Tards Ranch

    Barreds N' Tards Ranch Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2010
    Awesome!! Thanks for the info. Can you tell me if we can start eating them right out of the shoot so to speak or should we give them a few practice eggs before we eat them? I was thinking we might give them the shells for these first few and then start eating them.
  6. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Nothing more satisfying than eating the first egg layed!! [​IMG]
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Congratulations and [​IMG]

    May I ask what your user name means?
  8. Toril

    Toril Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 16, 2010
    Virginia Coast
    Congrats on your first eggs, it's so much fun!

    I have hear that giving the shells to the chickens can encourage them to eat the eggs... I would grind the shells very finely and mix it in their feed, if necessary. But if the shells are hard enough, there's no reason to give them shells.
  9. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Quote:Only if when you give them the shells it looks like an egg. I dry mine in the oven, cover the pan with a paper towel and crush them up. They love them!! [​IMG]
  10. BigIslandChicks

    BigIslandChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    i wash all our eggs shells out and then crush them up and mix in with the kitchen scraps for the day - they will scratch mostly everything (unless its peas or pasta!) out of the way to get the egg shells!! eat the eggs and give them the shells back! [​IMG]

    and [​IMG] from hawaii [​IMG]

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