My babies started laying eggs the 8th or 9th of August. If you read “Whose Egg is This?” or “Green Eggs“, you already know this. With all the egg hubbub in the news and tainted eggs now reaching my neck of the woods, I figured now would be a good time to do a follow-up.
I was pretty sure this egg wasn’t Molly’s because of the size. Now, I’m not so sure. That egg was the only egg we got that day and we didn’t get another little brown egg for nine more days. It’s typical for chickens to take a day off every few days, but nine? Plus, Molly’s egg the day after I found the tiny egg was ginormous, really pale brown and weak-shelled. I’m thinking maybe the mini egg was Molly’s after all. Research online leads me to believe it’s not impossible for a hen to lay a tiny egg even if she normally lays larger eggs, but I’d love to hear your opinions.
I don’t think it was Bellatrix’ egg anymore because she laid her first verified egg August 17th and has only taken one day off since. Nine eggs in ten days is pretty good!
Hermione still hasn’t started laying, but that is typical of a larger breed bird like a Wyandotte.
So, if Molly laid the tiny egg, Luna was the first of our new girls to start laying. She’s laid thirteen eggs in the eighteen days since she started. Her eggs have gotten a little bigger, but her eggs will never really be large because she is a medium-sized bird.
Between the babies, we’re getting a dozen eggs a week now. That’s good because Molly stopped laying again the same day that Bella started. I’m not sure if it’s permanent, but her crop is doing strange things again. Even if Molly doesn’t start laying again, we’ll soon be getting a dozen and a half, free-range, untainted eggs a week. I think that’ll be plenty.