Chicken Keeping Honeymoon

 

Our first blue egg means that one of our Ameraucana hens laid her first egg.

Our first blue egg means that one of our Ameraucana hens laid her first egg.

It seems to me that the more I learn about chickens, the less I know. We took the leap back in May, and have been living with chickens for six months now. We’re still on our chicken honeymoon.

All of our chickens have survived, and the hens have started laying eggs.  We are still excited enough about our eggs for the whole family to keep count of how many we collect each day. Today I collected eight for the first time.

They lay their eggs in the run, and on the floor in the coop, and in the nesting boxes. I come around, rinse them off, and put them in the refrigerator.  I really don’t know which hens are laying the eggs. Yesterday we had our first blue egg, so I know that one of our two Ameraucanas laid her first.

Honestly, I was expecting more eggs from fourteen hens. But I’ve realized that we still have a lot to learn about each other. They seem to think that every time I walk out the mud room door I’m supposed to have kitchen scraps for them.  I adjusted my expectations, after a little more research, to the view that they have all started to lay an egg every few days, and maybe I have a few late bloomers. But I’m happy. I’ve stopped buying eggs. This is a two way relationship.

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5 thoughts on “Chicken Keeping Honeymoon

    • Well, without training, most of them are now laying in the nesting boxes, but a few still lay them on the ground. I make sure to check for eggs frequently, so that they don’t lay around too long. Thanks for the link!

  1. Hi there,
    I wandered in from a Google+ community. Kind of new to the google+ world, not sure I like it, but whatever that isnt the point of this comment.

    What I’ve found so far, with them laying their eggs in boxes & quantity from day to day is that:

    1) Depending on the breeds you are keeping unless they’ve been bred to produce every day, it’s more likely for most breeds to only produce every other day. Some will, some won’t. If they produce once per day they’re happy, but it’s not something that should be counted upon. It has to do with any stresses they may have experienced that day, the food they’ve eaten, if they’ve bickered with each other, if they’ve been out in the rain at all etc.

    2) If their run, coop etc. gets changed in any way, such as putting down fresh bedding or cleaning the coop/boxes, it can cause them to become confused and they will go back to laying their eggs where they do not belong such as the ground or on top of the roosts (I use a pallet suspended in the air to protect them from any predators that actually make it through all the other protections) and, if you change their nesting boxes around, it messes them up too. So, I “seed the nest” with fake eggs. They get the idea again soon thereafter that eggs are to be laid in the boxes, off the ground, but one still is confused and lays where ever she wants.

    Guineas, are just dumb. You can’t train them, and they will hide their eggs to the best of their abilities from you, even within the coop/run.

    Garbage: Mine meet me at the door as well, and when free ranging across the farm will come when they hear me call them now because I don’t call unless I have garbage for them.

    Good luck with all your chicken adventures!! 🙂

  2. I have 6 laying hens right now and they also lay their eggs before on the ground instead in their nesting boxes. I trained them to lay their eggs in the nesting box for a few days.

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