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Post  bnoles on 9/12/2013, 4:21 pm

My first eggs! rock on 

They were hiding behind the roosting bars and not in the nest where I was expecting. I was beginning to think I had roosters instead of hens.

I am so eggsited bounce 

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/12/2013, 4:24 pm

Aww...that must feel so great! Look what I found in the chicken coop today 2027012869 

How many are you expecting to get each week?

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Post  bnoles on 9/12/2013, 4:28 pm

Thanks CC. I have 3 buff orpingtons and they are said to average about 5-6 eggs per week so I figure 15-18 per week if all goes well.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/12/2013, 6:35 pm

Good for you! They look adorable! Very Happy
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Post  llama momma on 9/12/2013, 8:47 pm

Congratulations I am so happy for you!  May your girls be healthy and happy chicken dance and be terrific producers.   sfg smile
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Post  sanderson on 9/13/2013, 12:28 am

I feel your excitement.  Congrats! cheers 
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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2013, 1:56 am

Are they little eggs? My friend who has chickens call her hens' first eggs, practice eggs.
I can appreciate your eggcitement.
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Post  plantoid on 9/13/2013, 5:19 am

Look what I found in the chicken coop today 3170584802 Eggactly I feel the eggscitement too , you must be eggstatic , be careful the yolk is not on you ,Laughing  lest you have to tread on eggshells in further posts.Wink tongue
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Post  batmap on 9/13/2013, 6:22 am

I grew up on brown eggs. We started with red, white, black, brown, and pepper; by 5 years into it, all the peppers and blacks were killed by local dogs, hawks, snakes, owls, etc. Or they just did not make the cut due to low production. Keep the nesting hens happy and they will keep you swimming in omelets.

Be sure to keep them well fed and watered. Rocks, dirt, and sources of calcium also help for their digestion and egg-shell strength.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 9/13/2013, 10:13 am

Those posts sure got my day stated cheerfully!  Congratulations on your beautiful eggs!
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Post  bnoles on 9/13/2013, 10:44 am

Thank you all for the wonderful and cheerful posts about my eggs. I knew they were due any day, but to go out and actually find your first eggs is something that can only be defined by first hand experience.

Yes, the eggs were smallish and I think the term "practice eggs" fits the bill well. Can't wait to see what I find today, I put a couple of eggs on the nest box to see if that would draw them to laying in it.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 9/13/2013, 11:44 am

bnoles, funny you should mention putting an egg back in the nest box.  I remember my grandmother, who raised chickens for pin money, had some ceramic fake eggs she put in some of the nest boxes to get the hens to lay their eggs there instead of trying to hide them in the chicken yard.  Thanks for the memory...I'd forgotten that little bit until now.  Nonna
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Post  cheyannarach on 9/14/2013, 6:01 pm

Yay, congrats, that's so eggciting!!
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Post  jimmy cee on 9/14/2013, 7:35 pm

Congratulations
You can have the eggs, I'll take the other stuff...Look what I found in the chicken coop today 3170584802 
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Post  quiltbea on 9/14/2013, 8:35 pm

Congrats on now producing your own eggs. Terrific. Can we see pics of the ladies that are doing all this work?
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Post  mrwes40 on 9/15/2013, 6:06 am

@bnoles wrote:Thank you all for the wonderful and cheerful posts about my eggs.  I knew they were due any day, but to go out and actually find your first eggs is something that can only be defined by first hand experience.

Yes, the eggs were smallish and I think the term "practice eggs" fits the bill well.  Can't wait to see what I find today, I put a couple of eggs on the nest box to see if that would draw them to laying in it.

Eggs laid by a hen less than one year old are called Pullet eggs.  USDA grade A large eggs must weigh a minimum of 24 oz per dozen -- just as a reference point.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 9/15/2013, 5:46 pm

Bnoles I had been thinking about your chickens and them not laying their first eggs in the nest and was going to suggest that you put some in the nest to give them the idea.  Maybe you can also block off the area where they first laid their eggs.  Let us know if it worked and how your chickens and eggs are doing.
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Post  bnoles on 9/15/2013, 6:19 pm

Thanks Tricia! They are still being a little stubborn about not using the nest even with 2 eggs sitting in it. Right now they are making nests in the floor shavings of the coop wherever they take a notion and laying the egg.

Hey... they are still teenagers and always think they know best Rolling Eyes 

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Post  Triciasgarden on 9/15/2013, 6:32 pm

Teenagers, lol!  Chickens can be stubborn, mine were!  Maybe if you make where they are laying their eggs not so inviting they may get the hint.  I say "may" on purpose!  How about tying them to the nest until they lay their egg.  Honestly I am just kidding.
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Post  happycamper on 9/15/2013, 7:12 pm

Chicken Tip:  To get them to lay eggs in your boxes place a golf ball in the nest.  It actually works, I have used this method for years.  Most feed stores sell wooden or ceramic fake eggs if you don't happen to have any golf balls.  
There is an added bonus to this also, when your birds get broody they will sit on the golf ball or fake egg and you can continue to take your fresh eggs without interupting her natural brood cycle.
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Post  Kelejan on 9/15/2013, 7:39 pm

@plantoid wrote:Look what I found in the chicken coop today 3170584802 Eggactly I feel the eggscitement too , you must be eggstatic , be careful the yolk is not on you ,Laughing  lest you have to tread on eggshells in further posts.Wink tongue
Groan. Very Happy 
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