The heavens have opened. The waters have parted. In the heat of this Florida summer, one of our chickens has laid her first egg! We are ridiculously giddy because we’ve been waiting 6 long months for this moment. That’s because we got them as chicks…
We bought 4 Red Sex-Links and 4 White Leghorns. They were supposed to be all pullets (hens) but somehow we ended up with this guy…
As they grew, we just thought this hen was bigger and growing faster because she was born earlier than the others . Nope. He’s a full-blooded rooster. Feisty fellow too. He crows at 5 am, 8 am, noon, 3 o’clock, 5 o’clock…pretty much all day. Originally we did not want a rooster but we are gonna trying to keep him.
So back the egg-citing news.
Like I said, we had been waiting for such a long time we started losing hope. That is, until the other day.
Ava and I were cleaning out the coop and I asked her to check the laying box for eggs. I sure didn’t expect any eggs to be there- I was just trying to find her something to do. Then…
“Mom, an egg!”
Bam! There she is! I couldn’t believe it. We ran inside and woke my napping hubby with the good news.
We were told the first few eggs a hen lays aren’t the greatest; they can be small and soft and not suitable for eating. This egg however was a decent size and the shell seemed hard enough. At least to me.
Sooo, I fried it up (after cleaning and inspecting it of course)!
Gotta be honest, when we sat down to eat it both Brian and I were a little squeamish. Brian took the first bite then I did.
And it was so delicious! It had such fresh flavor that we instantly recognized how skunky store-bought eggs are. Even if I had the extra cash to afford pastured eggs, they are hard to come by around here. I cannot express how happy I am to have healthy eggs – supplied in my own backyard no less!
It’s been 3 days now and another red sex-link and a white leghorn have started laying. Today we collected three eggs minus one because Ava dropped it. Think it’s time to get a collecting basket!
Do you have chickens? Did you buy them as chicks or at a laying-age? Where you this excited with your first egg? Share in the comments below and thanks for visiting us!