An Eggstra Special Find

6 Jan

Last August I bought a batch of little hens after losing my flock to a raccoon.

It was the first time since I got my first chickens twelve years ago that I hadn’t had my own farm fresh eggs.  Luckily, my sister helped me out, and I didn’t have to go back to those horrible store bought eggs.

Yesterday, I peeked at my nest box.  Do you see them?  Not one, but two wonderful eggs!

I’m so happy my little girls are growing up and starting to provide me with eggs.

They aren’t even itty bitty pullet eggs.  They are small but pretty impressive for their first effort.

Linking to Farm Photo Friday.

Linking to Camera Critters.


36 Responses to “An Eggstra Special Find”

  1. TexWisGirl January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    awww! very cool!

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      It’s certainly a good start to the year!

  2. Candy C. January 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    YAY for your girls!! 🙂
    I’m still waiting for the first egg from my new chickens, probably in another month.

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      I’m surprised they started in the middle of winter, but I do have a light in the building for them. That might have been enough to let them start.

  3. Chai Chai January 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    What a blessing! Having your own eggs just makes the meal.

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Truly they are the best!

  4. Marigold and the Goatmother January 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Yay! Fresh eggs. Do you think you could get them to lay any fresh Peanuts? Now that would be the bees’ knees. 🙂

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      That would take some quite talented eggs. I’m thinking southern chickens might be better at laying peanuts.

  5. Pam January 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Way to go girls!!! Congrats! 🙂

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      I was quite happy to see them.

  6. jen January 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Awwww… thats so sweet of them. YaY for eggs! So happy for you that they have started layin 🙂

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      I’m thrilled. I have to say that my sister and a cousin have both given me eggs so I didn’t have to buy any. I’m blessed with eggs and a great family!

  7. Alica January 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Don’t you just love it when you find those first eggs?! I never get tired of finding them.

    • Teresa January 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      It is wonderful! Everyday Easter egg hunts.

      • Alica January 7, 2012 at 8:41 am #

        Thanks for the ideas for more blog posts!!

      • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 9:03 am #

        My pleasure. I really am interested because dairy is so different from beef.

  8. Bev January 7, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Yay! What pretty eggs! Chickens are such wonderful birds! I never lose that fun of peeking into the nest boxes to find eggs.

    My Black Orp Molly has lately been “helping” me do that. When I come out to the coop in the evening to feed, put them away and check for eggs she comes over and peers into the nest boxes with me, talking away in her mellow, low toned voice. When I pick an egg out she follows my hand from the box to the bucket and murmurs! She’s so funny. I always ask her to tell me if one was laid by her but she’s one of my older girls so I don’t think they are.

    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      They are quite funny. I have one that follows me like a puppy when I’m in there. She tugs on my pant leg to get my attention. I’m glad they’ve started laying, even though I know it will be pretty sporadic for a while yet.

  9. Nancy January 7, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    My little chicks are giving me 2-3 eggs every other day too! Isn’t it grand? 🙂

    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 8:41 am #

      It is. I don’t know what I’ll do when I start getting ten or twelve a day!

  10. JoyceAnn January 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    You were blessed to have family that provided fresh eggs for you. I’ve bought a couple of dozen at the grocery store while my girls were molting , never again I hope. I vowed to never be without fresh eggs again. I plan to buy 3 or 4 adult hens soon and some chicks in the Spring.I haven’t had much success with broody hens , the only one I’ve had was killed by some stray dogs.


    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      I don’t use a lot of eggs, and I knew my girls were older and had planned on getting a few, but then I lost mine when the raccoons broke in and killed everyone. I know how lucky I am, but I used to provide my sister with a lot of eggs before she got her chickens. 🙂

  11. Lynette January 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    What kind of chicken is that on the fence? She is beautiful! So glad you have fresh eggs again!! There is nothing like collecting your own eggs is there?

    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      I have no idea what kind she is. I ordered a couple of variety packages from the hatchery, and they didn’t identify them.

  12. Saun in Ohio January 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Too cool awesome pics.

    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Thank you. I don’t know why those silly hens like to perch on that cold metal.

  13. Ms Burrito January 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Beautiful looking eggs.

    Butterflies. Have a great weekend!

    • Teresa January 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Thank you. There’s nothing like farm fresh eggs from your own chickens!

  14. Talon January 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Yay! That’s awesome, Teresa! 🙂 No eggs compare to fresh laid 🙂

    • Teresa January 8, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      I’m sure it will be just a few, but by the time all twenty-two start laying regularly I’ll be drowning in eggs. 🙂

  15. kateri January 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    The first eggs are always so exciting! I’ve had two whole young flocks wiped out completely by raccoons–so tragic.

    • Teresa January 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      This is really the second time I’ve had devastating losses to raccoons. Usually it was an occasional duck, which is why I keep them penned now also.

  16. Mimi Foxmorton January 10, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Despite my fear of chickens eggs truly *are* a miracle………

    • Teresa January 10, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      They are wonderful, and having them from my hens make them even better.

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