Savvy Student Shopper’s Backyard Chicken Update


The Savvy Student Shopper was out of town for the past few days and my dad was taking care of the zoo. Apparently my dad didn’t check the nesting boxes very well because when I went to let the babies out today, I found 5 eggs! My very first eggs! I think only 2 of them are laying eggs. I thought Ginger and Biscuit would be first (both Rhode Island Reds) but there are two distinct variations in egg color. Could 3 be from my Rhode Islands and 2 from the Barred Rock? Or vice versa? Or do chickens of the same breed lay different shades? Who knows? Who cares? I have eggs! It’s a good thing we finally have eggs because I think everyone was getting pretty aggravated with the chickens. They’ve been running away, ruining flower beds and getting into all sorts of trouble. They’ve heard multiple threats of being “cooked on the grill” over the past few weeks. Now they are useful!

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A few hours after finding my first eggs, they laid me another!

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Standard egg from the grocery compared to my fresh egg

Since my babies (can I still call them babies when they are old enough to have their own babies?) are still new at this egg laying business, their eggs will be on the small side, and may be even soft or misshapen for a little while. I think they are nearly perfect, but I’m probably biased. I’ll post a new update when I crack into them. I got 6 total today (but I was gone for the past few days) so let’s see what’s in the nesting box tomorrow! According to my estimations (I still can’t believe I wasn’t home to witness the very first egg) the first egg arrived August 3rd. They are approximately 20-21 weeks old.

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2 replies
    • Brandi says:

      @Laurie, yep! Both of our cats have harnesses attached to a long leash so they can go outside. Lucy (pictured) absolutely loves it. She’ll stay tied up out there all day!

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