The eggs have arrived!

Our return from a week long vacation in Orlanda, FL was greeted with the first two eggs from our girls! They had excellent care from their two new “godparents” David and Julie.  I left plenty of water and food for the chickens so we asked D&J to lower and raise the ramp each day and maybe give them a sprinkle of oatmeal, and that was supposed to be it.

What none of us expected was the blast of cold air from the north that brought below freezing weather with freezing rain to Raleigh.  I woke up in the middle of the night on Thursday worried that the water would freeze in their waterers. How horrible would I have felt if they had died of dehydration?  I couldn’t get back to sleep.

Friday we get a call telling us that the water had indeed frozen asking us what they should do.  We walked them through how the bucket and nipple waterers work (love those things!) and how to check them.   Julie went out Friday evening braving freezing rain to put a bowl of water in the roost for them, just in case.  David refilled the bucket and put it back in the coop the next morning.

Saturday morning there were two eggs in the nest box next to the bowl of water Julie left for them!  Coincidence or a chicken’s way of saying Thank You?

Now I’m curious, will D&J become backyard chickeneers or have we scared them off??  Either way, they rock for taking such care of our girls!

Good job girls!

Good job girls!

 

Update:  We are now up to 5 eggs since Friday!  Everybody appears to be pulling her own weight! 🙂

 

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7 thoughts on “The eggs have arrived!

  1. HUGE congratulations! It was about time – way to go, chickies!

    Our oldest chicken, Beaker, has finally started showing signs that she could get to laying an day now (oh, that awkward “ready for mounting” squat they get). Before you know it, you’ll be overwhelmed with eggs. 🙂

    • They are all laying about 1 egg per day per hen now (just retrieved 2 more a couple min ago). We’ve got a dozen to give away! We’ve noticed that ready for mounting squat as well but didn’t recognize what it was until someone mentioned it to the wife.

      • Awesome!!! I know you’ve been waiting patiently for this day to come. Go, girls, go!

        Yeah, I didn’t know what it was at first, either – I just knew it was VERY different from how any of them had ever moved before. It makes me feel like a total creep, but it also makes it a lot easier to catch our flightier two birds.

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