It’s Very Eggsciting!

Our chooks have fallen into a very good routine, and so have I for that matter. I am on holidays this week, and get up at 0630 as normal. I go outside, check the chooks feed and water to make sure that they have enough and that it is clean. Then I open up the flap on their house and let them out. Out they come one by one, in pecking order. Bunty first, then Ginger, Edwina and Polly. Kim calls it the morning parade, and I liken it to early mornings in the Navy!

Then the girls go about their daily routine, feeding, drinking, scratching, dust bathing, re-establishing the pecking order when necessary, and just generally having a good time. Then in the late afternoon, I give them some nasturtiums and a daikon radish and they devour those in two seconds flat, then throw in a handful of feed on the floor. They scratch and peck that all up and just after sunset, I pop outside and check to make sure they have all retired to their house and shut and lock the flap. Pretty simple really, and all without any fuss whatsoever. I believe that I should be able to handle this even when I go back to work full time.

This morning there was a surprise waiting for us at about 0930. Amy had notice that Ginger was acting very strange, and kept going into the house for about 3-4 minutes and then coming out again for a while, then going back inside again. She did this about 5 times, so Amy believes. About an hour later I went out to check on them (again) and this is what I found.

I was so excited that I yelled out to everyone to come and have a look. They were also excited, and we let Ben take the egg out of the nest. I checked it on our kitchen scales, and it weighed in at a huge 36 grams. The average commercial egg is usually 59g, so not a bad effort for a first timer. I wrote the date on the egg in pencil so that we can keep track of which ones to use first. The best thing was, that it was a clean as a whistle with no poo. Here is the proud owner of his first egg!


Happy days indeed!

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Comments

  1. Teena says

    YAY!! Your first egg!!! So egg-citing that I couldnt stop cackling…. How big is that for a reward for all your efforts? What a proud day!! I got a breeders number today and rang her to order my chooks in a few weeks, i want to wait till after these peskie storms to get my girls in their new home made palace….am so very egg-cited as well…lotsa love xoxoxoxo

  2. Anonymous says

    maybee kim could put it in some sort of preservative and keep it for posterity Congratulations you little rooster you Love mum

  3. says

    Oooh so exciting! Wish I could keep chooks, but 1 dog, 2 cats and some chooks would be a bad combination me thinks. One day I’ll have a place big enough to keep them all happy!

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