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Another “first” egg?

February 8, 2016

Just a quick update.  Minnie has been a real trooper laying just about an egg every day since her first one.  They got a little bigger and a little bigger until on about day 4 they became a uniform size which I’d call medium.  Today, I went out to fetch a Minnie egg and found this tiny thing about the size of a quail egg, still warm from the hen.  I can only assume another of the Carlton-Ritz hens has begun laying….but who?

Here is a shot of today’s tiny egg on the far left, with Minnie’s first egg in the middle, and  one of her “regular” sized eggs on the far right.

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I can’t wait to see what I find tomorrow and to see if I can figure out who the new layer is.  I guess at this point it could be any of them since Penny, the youngest, just turned 17 weeks old.  Max is the likely culprit since she is the same age as Minnie, but she nor any of the others seem to have anything close to mature combs and wattles.  I guess I’ll have to do some spying when I can to see if I can catch someone in the act.

The eggs thus far are wonderfully delicious.  It will be great when more hens begin laying so I might start sharing.  At the moment, I am most uncharitable and don’t have an eye toward sharing at all.

Here’s a video of the Girls pecking around the yard taken a week or so ago.

The next one I shoot will have to have Bodhi in it since he is now allowed in the Run with the Girls, which is so cool.  It’s a bit of a story, but Max, Minnie, and Harriet got loose the other day in fairly close proximity to Bodhi.  Well, he was the perfect gentleman and just sat there and watched the comedy unfold while I did my best either catch them or shoo them back into the Run.  Since he was so calm, I took him into the Run with me on leash the next day and by the following day, he was roaming free in the Run with the Girls.

Since I didn’t’ raise the hens from chicks, I am still working on them sitting with me and being OK with being picked up and handled by me.  Yesterday, I was sitting on the ground trying to entice any of the hens into my lap when Bodhi got a bit jealous and decided he should be in my lap instead of Minnie, so he very gently came over and stepped into the spot hurriedly vacated by her.  Too cute and funny.

That’s it for now.  Lots more to report another time.  I’ve still got to tell you about the Chicken Tractor, the Mealworm Farm, and the Fodder Growing Project, so stay tuned.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2016 8:44 pm

    Keep your notes and observations for a BOOK…….I can already tell it would be very entertaining and unfortunately THE EGG AND I has already been taken for a title. Raising mealworms is so easy as you probably have already learned. If you get too many, you can keep them in the refrigerator to slow down production……..just don’t let them freeze. I kept them going for my hedgehog Quillen.

  2. Marilyn permalink
    February 9, 2016 1:25 pm

    Love the egg comparison pic!

  3. Melissa Lucas permalink
    February 10, 2016 10:38 am

    Loved that post…can’t wait for the next update! If hen training is similar to dog training…if you sit down with feed in your lap or hand very still…and don’t have eye contact with them…just look to the side and call them over for the treats hopefully they will sit on your lap and get comfortable with petting etc. The key is not looking at them directly as that makes animals more heightened and nervous. Good luck taming them to pet and hold…so cute to see them eat from your hand.

  4. karen225 permalink
    March 21, 2016 2:53 am

    You need a baby cam.
    They have them on amazon with night vision.
    I had one for my outdoor cat cage.

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