Howdy all, Very exciting day for me, I got my very first eggs today! I was hoping they are from my australorp - she's just getting to the right age. My other chicken is only young so it cant be her. I dont think its my big girls, (a pekin and two cross breeds) as the eggs are so tiny. So it must be Piper (her and the drake are my posting pic) I have wanted pure bred pacific blacks for YEARS and always theres problems, the drake is 6 and Piper is almost a year. Ive candled them and I cant see any blood vessels - she has been acting broody and making nests for the last month but Im not sure if the drake has even bred her. They definitely look like Pacific Black eggs As you can see she has not set them properly and is not sitting on them. Usually Pacific Blacks are very fussy, they make a small neat nest and lay the eggs in a little circle. They are also great mums and barely leave their nest. So, is it possible these are practise eggs? Before I got the drake I had two Pacific Black females and one used to lay every now and then, the other one never did. They arent known to 'waste' eggs. Im too scared to steal them for the kitchen as Im sure they are hers and even if she's not sitting on them I couldnt bear to eat them, Ive wanted babies for so long! They all go to bed in a big shed, its possible the big girls scared her off the nest. I have to build a 'Piper room' that only she can fit into so she feels safe. Meanwhile my 3 big girls (see them on my profile page) are begging to be bred and the drake wont touch them!