Egg Drama

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.

Our First Egg!
Our First Egg!

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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!

Cracked
Cracked
Dessert for two...
Dessert for two…

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.

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4 thoughts on “Egg Drama

  1. I am so excited for you. Congrats. Was the egg fertilized? Do you care? I heard that you can tell by holding it up to a light. Do fertilized eggs taste different than non? Given your new box of chicks I gather you don’t care to keep the fertilized eggs, but why purchase more chicks if you can get fertilized eggs, thus chicks for free?

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    1. Here is a great article on the myths and facts of fertilized eggs.
      http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/facts-and-myths-about-fertile-eggs.html

      Our thought is to keep it as much like in nature as we can. We do not think there would be many unfertilized chicken eggs in a chickens natural environment. But to answer your questions, we believe the egg was fertile, and there is no difference in taste or look from being unfertilized. The process of incubation is something that we did not want to get into yet. It requires more equipment/cost, setup, and personal care/attention. By ordering this batch of chicks we will have more diversity in breeds then we currently have now. Our hope is that in the future our chicks will grow to hens and hatch their own chicks without any intervention from us. One of the breeds we got was the Buff Orpington, one of their traits is the hens will go “broody” and lay on their eggs (or other hens eggs) which she will hatch naturally and raise 100% by herself. Thank you for the great questions keep them coming!! Hope to have you both come see things for yourselves in the future!!

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