Friday, June 29, 2012

drops in the bucket

After several tons of feed, untold hundreds of gallons of water and four months of growing, the pullets have started to lay.


These tiny eggs are, appropriately, known as pullet eggs. Some say the first eggs a hen lays are the best she'll ever lay. 


I'm not so sure if that is true (I think they're all pretty darn delicious) but these are certainly the sweetest eggs to find. It's something that never gets old - finding the very first eggs laid by a new batch of hens. Of course, these two eggs are just the hint of the flood to come. Two one day, perhaps none the next, two the third day, eight the fourth, seventeen the fifth, and before I'm ready (of course) we'll be collecting somewhere in the range of 175 eggs daily from these girls. And away we go!

7 comments:

  1. How exciting! We have two that could start any day now. They're Ameraucanas and I can't wait for their pretty blue eggs.

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    1. A third of this current group of 215 pullets are Araucanas, and yes - finding the first BLUE egg is just about as exciting as farm life gets! I expect they won't start laying for another month or so. Best of luck with your ladies. I hope they lay big, beautiful, colorful eggs with great frequency (and in predictable locations - not always the case with this funny breed). Enjoy!

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    2. When we first had our araucanas, they didn't seem to be laying for the longest time - then I looked under a big bush where I saw them hanging out one day, and lo and behold, there were nearly a dozen blue eggs!!
      -Jaime

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  2. Yummy...those eggs look wonderful!

    ps love your photos too:))

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  3. So exciting!! We have 6 week old chicks, can't wait for them to lay their first eggs. Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. Love that first photo! (and I do agree that finding that first egg never gets old!)

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  5. Love it! And the first eggs are awesome! We have a couple of lil girls that won't be ripe for laying until the end of August, but we'll be patient. :)

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