The last of our hens is now laying. The hold out was my 5 year old daughter's pet, a Buff Cochin named Gold Diamond. This weekend a couple of neighbor kids, with dad's help, were feeding our pets while we made the rounds of family Christmas parties. They called me Sunday morning wondering why they had found 4 eggs in with our 3 hens and why one egg was much smaller. I explained that the Cochin had likely laid her first egg and that is why was a lot smaller than my mature bird's eggs. The dad sounded a little worried that something was wrong with a bird but I assured him that all was well. And now that we are home and I see the little egg, I am sure that is what has happened. I had to teach the neighbor, a Kansas farm boy, a lot about my Texas backyard chickens!