September 12, 2013
One of Lilly's chickens started laying this past week. So far the kids have found four eggs. (One broken, and three perfect.) This afternoon after school, Lilly was out giving fresh water & tending to the coop when she witnessed the 4th one being layed.
She came in, eyes big with excitement, and said, "I just SAW a chicken lay an egg!" It was Lucy, one of her two buffs. Lilly gave this animated play-by-play:
"The other chickens were outside. She was alone in there, and walked to the corner. Then she got all puffed up (arms gesturing out like little teapot handles at her sides) and started breathing really hard, and then - I just heard the egg fall!" Apparently Lucy is not a shy layer. And Lilly thought it was very cool.
They've been beautifully sized eggs, just a little smaller than store-bought.
Given to Lilly for her birthday, we estimate that they are 5 ½ months old now.
I wasn't sure if they'd come into laying age before the days got shorter & colder weather arrived & how that would work out.
Now if we can just get her to use the nesting boxes. So far all four eggs have been layed in a corner on the floor. ☺