Sunday, October 31, 2010
We have eggs!
She has since laid 4 more eggs. Wednesday and Saturday were her days off. Here latest eggs weighed 1.75 ounces (or ~49 grams). I believe that the pullets are 24 weeks old, but there's a little uncertainty since I bought them at the local feed store.
This is the story that leads up to the egg:
Several weeks ago, I filled up the nest box with some wood shavings and placed three golf balls on top. The idea is to give the pullets time to peck the golf balls (pseudo eggs) and get bored of that. Then, hopefully, they won't ever become egg eaters. Also the golf balls denote the "egg-laying spot" for future use.
Well, last week, I noticed that someone (I mean some chicken :) was rolling the golf balls out of the nesting box and into the coop each day. I didn't want anybody to start laying under the roosts in the coop, so, I decided to move the golf balls back into the nesting box. On Sunday night, I forgot to do this. But on Monday morning when I checked the nest box, Lucy had rolled the golf balls into their proper spot, like a champ. Then, she proceeded to add her own version of a golf ball!