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!