Raining eggs! Who knew?

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
12 Years
Jul 7, 2007
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So lately I've been very whiny about the apparent egg drought my girls were experiencing. Everybody is 22.5 weeks and not an egg from the lot.
On top of the egg drought we've also had a rain drought. Not a drop of rain for a couple of months. Everything is brown and crunchy.

So today it rained. Starting last night and going right on through the day it has steadily rained. Rain, rain, rain everywhere. The girls were all hunkered down under the shed this morning not daring to venture forth into the monsoon. What IS this stuff falling from the sky?

So what do you think I found in the nest box this evening? That's right- our first egg!!!!!


Look how adorable this egg is. This may be the most perfect first egg ever. (The white egg is a store egg and is for scale.)


Apparently my chickens lay dehydrated eggs and need water to make them poof out.


Excuse me as I go do the Happy Egg Dance of Joy around my house. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.
 

DouglasPeeps

Songster
11 Years
Feb 26, 2008
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Colorado
I know about the happy egg dance too! We did it here when our hens started to lay. Congratulations on your first egg! Now I am sure that you will check the nesting boxes 10,000 times a day!
 

hatchaholic

Songster
11 Years
Jul 23, 2008
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1
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South Carolina
Quote:What? You check the nesting boxes more after they lay than before they laid??? I already check 10,000 times a day. Don't know how I can possibly check them more once they lay??
 

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
12 Years
Jul 7, 2007
6,950
111
311
Middle TN
Yeah, I limit myself to checking morning and evening. Thankfully I'm at work all day or I'd be out there every hour seeing who is doing what. I kinda want a coop cam, but I'm pretty sure that would move me right on over into neurotic chicken owner.


Lengel- I've got 15 pullets and 2 roos all at 22.5 weeks. One coop and one coop annex. Umpteen bags of food and pine shavings. Bags of scratch, sunflower seeds and grit. Two feeders (homemade) and two waterers (store bought). So far one egg. This egg is now worth approximately $1.75 million dollars.


It sure is cute though.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
Quote:My chickens KNOW they've got a neurotic owner! I've literally stood over the girls and waited while they were on the nest. They drop the egg, jump out of the nest and give me a dirty look as they walk away.
 

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