Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Mystery of the Second Egg

Last October 14th we got quite a few baby chicks and one hen, who we named Freckles.  The chicks were only a few days old when we got them.  Fast forward to now - the chicks are not quite 4 months old, right?  Guess what I found in my chicken coop this morning???

The larger egg is from Freckles, the momma hen.  She's been laying eggs since last November.  She gives us 4 or 5 eggs a week.  Freckles' egg in the picture is 1.7 oz - her normal weight is 1.8 oz, so that's about normal for her.  She laid it this morning, normally she's an afternoon layer.  But she took off yesterday, so I guess she decided to do her deed early this morning. 

But who gave us the new little egg???  It's a light brown egg, so it's not one of the Araucanas /Americanas.  It was in the same nest as Freckles' egg.  It weighed in at .9 oz - I assume it's small because the pullet is so very young.  Isn't 4 months too young to be laying?  

Now I have to solve the mystery of the second momma.  Which chicken is it??  There will be a lineup, and interrogations.  They know who it was.  I will get to the bottom of this mystery...  And when I find out, that dear little girl will get extra cracked corn and broccoli!

1 comment:

AJ-OAKS said...

Oh how exciting!!!!! big grin :)
Hmmmm, as for who laid the egg. Well, that's a toughie. It took me awhile to figure out who was laying what egg. It took a lot of detective work ( watching who was going into the house and sitting, then checking to see if there was an egg). If I remember right the girlies started laying at about five months old. I'll have to look on the calendar to make sure. Pretty soon all your girlies will be gifting you eggs! Yay!!!! Oh, love the interrogation part of it! lol