Our 14 month old Silkie, Frieda, FINALLY laid her first egg today! She went broody this summer during the hottest summer in Connecticut history and brooded out one chick in the opressive heat of the nest box (I'm breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it). She laid her first "real" egg tonight (although there have been several soft-shelled eggs broken on the droppings board this week, they don't count). Now, if I can just get her to lay the egg IN a NESTING BOX versus in front of the compost heap.... Freida, this is your life: Here she was at 6 months old, just taunting me with the fact that she had no intention of doing anything in that nesting box for a looong time! Someone pooped on her, so she needed a bath in the dead of winter. "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up": At 8 months old, just a pretty lawn ornament: She has been a wonderful broody, I must say. Freida with Silver Spangled Hamburg baby Greta @ 1 day old.