The new girls that we got in the spring finally started to lay their first eggs this week, first was Olive followed by Petula. It seems that this flurry of new eggs even whipped the old girls into shape. Today even Fluffy- our Easter Egger- gifted us with one of her beautiful green orbs.
Olive started laying first. I discovered her first egg in the middle of the coop floor. There it was- mostly buried in the sea of crisp fresh pine shavings. I scooped it up and put it into the nesting box along with a couple of dummy wooden eggs. This is usually my go to secret to convincing new girls to lay in the boxes. Like clockwork, it worked beautifully. The next day I caught Olive in the nesting box on the left.
I moved away as though I was stepping over a river of hot lava. I did not want to spook her from the box. Sure enough upon my return about an hour later there was a beautiful light brown egg. Today as I was tidying up the coop, Petula could not contain herself. She was chatty and walking around with a purpose. I knew she was looking for a secret place to lay her second egg. First she went under a stool. It was too small of a space. Then she tried to go under the feeder. It was too crammed. Then she tried to lay under the roosts, but Oyster Cracker chased her out. Finally, she decided to peek into the nesting boxes.
I left, deciding to run out and do some errands. Perhaps she would lay her egg with Olive’s morning egg. Sure enough, she got it! Together side by side I discovered two of the sweetest henny girl eggs- like two peas in a pod.
The only one left to lay her first egg is our new Australorp, Molly, or as the kids like to call her-Tilly 2.0.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest