The day before yesterday, I found myself thinking about our chickens and wondering why in the world we hadn't had any eggs yet. I even went so far as to pray for those chickens to start laying eggs.
Yesterday, my daughter was running late and didn't make it out to water the chickens, so I went out to water them later in the morning.
And I found 3 eggs in the corner of the chicken coop. Not in the nest boxes where the dummy egg and a couple golf balls have been gathering dust the last few months.
Maybe I should have started praying sooner, huh?
Worried that they'd been there for a long time and weren't any good, I put them in a pan and ran water into the pan. They stayed on the bottom of the pan, proof that these were fresh eggs.
Later in the day, my daughter and I went out to check on the chicken/egg status after school and we found one more in the same place! Woo-hoo!
So, we have so far gotten 4 eggs from our chickens. I'm not impressed yet, but if I don't have to buy eggs in the coming weeks I will be happier. We got these chickens to be more than pets!
Hubby thinks that since these chickens are larger than our other chickens, maybe they are not comfortable in the nest boxes we have and that might be the reason for the laying on the floor in the corner. We'll have to see what they decide to do in the coming days and weeks and see about coming up with a setup to make both us and the chickens happy.
Oh, and on the way out to the chickens, I happened to be walking alongside my garden and found a dead mink! No idea how or why it died (maybe a fox?), but this is sign that we do indeed have them around here, and to be extra vigilant about protecting the chickens. We had suspected a few years back when a batch of our young chickens was murdered inside the coop, but now we have proof!