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!
john (dad) says
congratulations daddy (gavin)on your first chook child
I think I am just as excited (how strange of me).
Your very first egg!
We shall now call you Daddy Egg!
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
maybee kim could put it in some sort of preservative and keep it for posterity Congratulations you little rooster you Love mum
Buggar Me!!!, its a wholemeal egg.
Or is it multi grain ?
Sharon J says
Do you what I really love about this story? The fact that you all got so excited over something as simple as an egg. That’s real appreciation 🙂
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!