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January 29, 2016

Our very first egg arrived today and was found deep in the bedding of the Carlton-Ritz Chicken Palace.  I am so proud.  Minnie did a bang up job.

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It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

Many first eggs are misshapen and/or are soft since the hen forgot to add the shell, but not Minnie.  Hers is absolutely perfect.  Have I said how proud I am?

After getting home this afternoon, I headed straight out to the coop to see the Girls and to check for an egg.  The snow is melting and the temps have warmed up nicely, so I’ve been hopeful.  Upon arrival, I noticed right away a large hole or “nest” in the bedding in the far corner of the coop, but a quick glance didn’t offer anything of note, so I went right to the nesting boxes.



But wait!

That place over in the corner really looks suspicious in that it looks much more like a nest than a normal napping spot, so I went over for a closer look.  I wasn’t sure at first as some of the bedding was in the way, but sure enough, there it was.  The best egg ever.  Lying there in perfect simplicity.


Well gosh, I was so excited as I’m sure you can appreciate.  I laughed and squealed and ran for my camera telling Bodhi the news on the way.  He too was very excited though Stella didn’t seem the least bit interested.  I took several pictures and handed out raisins all around.  I guess in the chicken world, one hands out raisins instead of cigars on such an occasion.  Minnie got extra raisins of course and the others didn’t seem to mind at all.

Here she is on her big day.  Poor girl, I don’t think I’ve taken a good picture of her yet.  And look at Harriet.  That is a really terrible picture of her.   I mean, where is her neck?

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I can’t wait to see if I get another egg tomorrow or the next day or in another two weeks or when.  I understand hens can start right up with regular egg production after their first egg or it can take a little while to get things going.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  It does look like Minnie will be the only one laying for awhile judging by the combs and wattles of the others.  I don’t know about Harriet though because her breed doesn’t have combs and wattles, they have ear muffs and beards.  Go figure.  I guess I’ll know though when she lays because the eggs will be either pale blue or pale green.

Since the golf balls didn’t do the trick (so far), I’ll need to research how to get Minnie to use the nesting boxes instead of the floor, so we don’t have any broken eggs on our hands as we move forward.

For the inquiring minds that want to know what I’m going to do with this first egg, I’m going implement Lucinda’s idea to preserve it by blowing its contents and hanging it from a string.

Stay tuned for news of my meal worm farm and my fodder growing project.

It is SO MUCH FUN around here.  I just need some dwarf goats and maybe some of those tiny pot-bellied pigs.  And a burro.   Just sayin’.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. karen225 permalink
    January 29, 2016 11:14 pm

    You are such a good mom, feeding them all that good food.
    Not surprised you got a good egg.
    I guess the poor thing had no idea what was about to happen!
    Next time it may be in a nest an not on the floor.

  2. January 30, 2016 1:46 am

    SO EXCITED about your first egg and pleased that you are going to preserve it! Since I love gory details, I was curious about the demise of one of them……hope it wasn’t a snake that got it. The next post will certainly be about your first omelet!!!

  3. Melissa Lucas permalink
    January 30, 2016 10:00 am

    Loved that blog update so much…so exciting to see your first egg. The photos were awesome and I loved hearing all about the exciting news! Yay! Keep us posted!

  4. Jimmy permalink
    February 1, 2016 6:20 pm

    Yeyyyyy, you go Merge.

  5. Jackie permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:58 am

    Best egg ever!

  6. Marilyn permalink
    February 2, 2016 4:41 pm

    Oh, Margie! I’m so happy for you! You seem to be in 7th Heaven. Kudos to you and all the girls! ..xo/marilyn

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