If you made it to the bottom of yesterday’s post then you know we recently had one of our hens lay her first egg! It was very exciting. I happened to be down in the field checking on the animals and the black hen seemed like she was looking for something and acting strangely. Big Red was also concerned and following her everywhere she went…in the coop, out of the coop, around the coop, in the tall grass, in the trees, up to the house, down from the house, it was a bit ridiculous. I watched this behavior for quite some time as eventually Shaun came down to see what I was up too. After watching this weird behavior we decided to close up the door to the nest boxes, we tend to keep this open during the day, but thought if this was it, she might want more privacy. Miraculously, this seemed to do the trick. Once we closed things up, her and the rooster went in there and she sat in the nest for what seemed like hours. Big Red completely reminded me of a nervous first time daddy waiting for the baby it be born, it was so cute, I’m pretty sure he even sat on the egg for a while. Our patience was rewarded and we found a perfect little egg left exactly where she was supposed to put it. We have heard stories from other bantam flocksters that the bantams like to hide their eggs, especially if you let them free range, to the point where they gave up and decided to go with a different breed altogether. We were relieved that this was not the case, since she had scrambled all across the property before putting it in the perfect location.
So what did we do with our first egg? We ate it of course! I couldn’t wait to crack it open. I have heard that sometimes the first egg can be weird, like no yolk. Our egg was perfect, yolk and all. We decided to celebrate by making 1 serving of creme brule custard, one of our favorites, it was delicious!
Since our first egg, the black hen has been very consistent. We have found one egg every other day, until today…today we got two! One of our other hens decided it was time to jump on the bandwagon and she was very verbal about letting everyone know. I had to do a google search to make sure I shouldn’t be concerned about her boisterous babbling that went on for quite some time. I learned that it’s called the “egg song” and some hens do it louder than others. I guess it’s their way of saying, “Look! Look! I laid and egg! Isn’t that cool?!” Once we realized their was no cause for concern it was quite hilarious. We are very excited to finally be getting some eggs, keep up the good work ladies.
The two hens that are now laying are the oldest of the ones we have, the rest probably won’t start laying until early summer. Today is also the day our flock was cut down to 8, the young rooster will no longer be a distraction for the hens or Big Red. We are hoping the remaining younger birds are all hens, it seems very difficult to tell when it comes to game chickens and we are keeping our fingers crossed.