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We’ve Got Eggs

August 3, 2010
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Hatching eggs and raising chicks into cockerels and pullets has been such an exciting journey.  It’s amazing to me that in less than six months you go from this:

to this:

Our very first egg!

We  put the eggs in the incubator on February 1st, the chicks started hatching out on February 23rd and we got our first egg on July 30.  So, the whole process was just a couple of days shy of six months and the pullet was just a little over five months old when she started laying.  The best I can tell is that we only have one out of 8 laying so far and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the Australorps that’s laying and not one of the Australorp/Easter Egger crosses, though I’m not certain because some of the crosses are black like the full Australorps.  There are two black ones who have combs and wattles which are more developed than the rest and I’m relatively sure it’s one of these girls that are laying.  We aren’t getting quite one egg per day yet, but I know that it won’t be long before this one gets to laying regularly and the others follow.  The first egg was larger than I thought it would be.  I’ve seen some small pullet eggs, but this one was about the same size as a medium egg from the store.

We are still so excited when we go out to the house and find an egg because for the last month, it sometimes felt like they would never lay!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. beingmaisie permalink
    August 11, 2010 12:01 pm

    Isnt incubating eggs wonderful, ive done it 4 times now with varied degrees of success and im waiting for 1 lonely little egg to hatch, the last one left out of 6 brahna eggs we put under out broody pekin. The rest never made it so its fingers crossed.

    Nice blog, i have added you to my blogroll

    all the best

    • August 11, 2010 12:15 pm

      It is fun. We’ve also done it four times, though only twice was for chicks that we planned on keeping. I anticipate doing it in the future when we need more. It’s a very rewarding endeavor!

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