big day

Posted by on February 7, 2007 in farm | 8 comments

Finally, the big day is here:
I was closing up the chicken coop last night, and looked over into the newly installed nesting boxes, and there was this tiny little egg, sitting all by itself in one. Isn’t it pretty? I was so excited I nearly cried. I wanted to hug all the chickens, or give the layer of the egg a high five, or something, but they were all on their roosts like nothing out of the ordinary had happened that day.
I have a couple egg cartons saved, so I promptly put it in one and placed it ever so carefully in the refrigerator. I keep taking it out and looking at it. Since it’s the first egg, and I didn’t see who was in the nesting box, I have no idea who laid it. I loved the February 5th post on the hen blog (you have to scroll to it, there aren’t permalinks to the entries) about how different all the eggs look. Finally, the girls are earning their keep!

So, how should I cook it? Boiled? Scrambled? An omelet? Maybe a frittatta? I think I’m going to have to wait until there are a few more, it’s so tiny, it won’t make much of anything by itself.


  1. How exciting! When you get ready to cook that egg you should blow it out like they do to make confetti eggs and then display it in a little glass dome/bell (what are those things called??).

  2. Oh well done hens! How exciting to have your first egg. I think boiled would be best as there’s just the one.

  3. Congratulations. I agree with Amy, I think you should blow out the egg and do something special with it. It’s like when businesses frame the first dollar they earned, you can display the first egg. I have no doubt that you can come up with something crafty.

  4. It’s so funny – everytime you post a picture of your hand I always think how much they look like Mom’s and remember that post when you wrote about it.

  5. Congrats!!! I’m imagining you giving all the chix a high-five and I’m giggling. Hey–maybe you should do the Chicken Dance??!

  6. Congratulations! And my husband suggests coming staight from the chicken house and boiling the egg to serve with soldiers. Apparently nothing beats the freshness of a newly laid egg!

  7. Congratulations, there’ll be no stopping them now!

  8. OH YEAH! I know EGGZACTLY how you feel!!! Once ours started laying there was no stopping them. The Aracaunas were maybe 3 weeks behind the Isa Browns in the laying department, and they are not as regular as the Isa’s. Between the 9 hens, I get anywhere from 7-9 eggs daily. We are giving them away!!! (the eggs, NOT the hens!) I had to start giving oyster shells mixed in their feed a few months ago, as their shells were very soft. Some were almost transparent. A couple days on the oyster shells, and they were back to normal. I still get the occasional tiny egg, maybe once every 2-3 weeks. Keep us posted!

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