Tuesday, November 11, 2008

20 - 21 weeks

Some of the chickens (the Barred Rocks and Silver Laced Wyandots) were 21 weeks old yesterday. The Rhode Island Reds were 20 weeks old yesterday. And the Jersey Giants and Astralorp were 16 weeks old.
And we FINALLY got our first egg today:

A little small, but....some "biddy" out there is stepping up to the plate! I don't know which hen laid this (for obvious reasons) but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Jersey Giant or the Aracana. The hatchery told me the Jersey Giants it could take them 30 weeks to start laying.
Hopefully the rest will kick into egg production within the next few weeks. We've got a lamp out there on a timer (at the hatchery's suggestion) to trick them into thinking there is more daylight than there really is.
Now as long as I can convince Tyler he cannot sell just his one egg......


chook said...

oh yum farm fresh eggs

I miss our chickens
oh well cant have everything LOL

isolada. by design said...

Awesome! Hey, this is just the beginning. Hope you'll post the larger eggs, too, when they "come in." I'm curious as to a size comparison from what I only have now which is store bought. Cool!

Winifred said...

Mmmm How will you cook it and who gets to sample it?

Gill - That British Woman said...

farm fresh eggs, that must be so good.....you have to start somewhere, so one egg is better than no eggs at all.

Gill in Canada

Lib said...

Hi Kris,
Lol Oh why not sell just one?lol
Hope you get more eggs soon!
Hope you're having a great wk.

chook said...

Kris it came and I love it thank you doing the happy dance woo hooo
I will hang my little quilt in the new house
hugs Beth

trendy georgia said...

I get quite jealous when i see eggs...cant wait until we have out land and i fill it with chooks!! Just had to comment on the tree skirt being a fellow tree skirt quilter. yours look lovely i LOVE flying geese pieces! youll have to post it again when your tree is ontop!
love from crafty cherry

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Its a beautiful egg. Is it dorky to think an egg is beautiful?

Any of the hens looking broody??

QuiltedSimple said...

Thanks all! It is a beautiful egg (at least we think so) and we are so thrilled the chickens have started laying. As for cooking/tasting it - Todd and I are letting Tyler and Jessie have the first two cooked however they want. It's about 1/2 the size of a "normal" brown egg - at least the ones I get from our Amish neighbor.

Kristie said...

mmmmm...fresh eggs!!!! We have several chickens and I have one hen that will not lay! She never has. Hubby threatens to eat her but I tease and tell him that she is just going through menopause!!!!

Emily Cole said...

I just found your blog... I have to say I am jealous - I really wish I could have 20 acres for my gardens, animals, and family!!! Maybe someday! I was just successful in getting our town to change the ordinances so residents can keep hens - now I have 10 pullets in my back yard! I can't wait until I get my first egg!!!!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Have you ever read the essay by Rev. Joseph Tauer called "Call Me Chicken" ? Ever since I saw the dramatization of that essay on a PBS special I have loved chickens. Here's a link to it if you want to read it.
Call Me Chicken