It's hard to tell from the pic, but this is what's called a "soft egg." The shell isn't calcified, so it's kinda rubbery. We have a new layer who laid this one yesterday on the ground in the run. The two who weren't laying are the Barred Rock and the Ameracauna. The Ameracauna lays blue-green eggs, so it had to have been the Barred Rock who laid this one.
We now have 3 out of our 7 chickens laying~~woot woot!! The top 3 eggs are Timi's last 3, and the bottom two are the newest layers. The one on the left I found early this morning in the dirt (meaning somebody hadn't figured out how to use the nesting boxes) The 2nd one for today was one of Timi's. Later in the afternoon, I went down to check the chickens, and just as I got down there, my Buff Orpington (Duchess) was just standing up over a still-warm egg. You can see that it's pinker than the others. Nope, she didn't use a nesting box either. Timi needs to teach them how!! :)
So here's egg #3 (brown, of course) next to a store-bought extra large egg. It's probably equivalent to a medium egg. And this one was laid IN THE NESTING BOX!! That means those cute little chickens are learning! :)
Okay, so yesterday, we got the egg on the left. I spent A LOT of time "visiting" the chickens yesterday looking for Daphne to lay another. :D The first one had to have been laid Thursday evening so I hoped to find another yesterday afternoon or evening, but it didn't happen.
This morning, just before 9am, I'm sitting here at the computer. I have the sliding door open and suddenly I hear, "GAWK GAWK GAWK GAWK GAWK GAWK!!!!!" from one of the chickens--REALLY loud. I thought, "If that wasn't a laying screech, I don't know what was!" The kids ran down and found Helga looking at a brown egg laying on the ground, again outside the coop. (We're going to have to fix that somehow) As you can see in the pic, the second egg is bigger, which would be normal, as the first eggs are small and get bigger with more practice. But it's also a different color, and doesn't have the darker speckles that the first one has. So I'm wondering if it's from another chicken, or still Daphne?
Here's our very first home-produced egg, which I'm pretty sure was laid by our Rhode Island Red named Daphne. (Note: found out later it was actually Timi, the Black Australorp!)
Sarah went out to let the chickens out of their coop this morning, but before she could open the door, she spotted this egg lying on the ground by the coop. Since the chickens were in all night it must have been laid yesterday evening. SO CUTE!!!!! You can picture me doing the egg dance of joy-- because I was!