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Our first egg!

Our hens have grown gradually happier over the past few weeks, and they are now truly free range. When we first let them out after three or four weeks in their coop they were very hesitant and rushed back in when we came near. Now they are confident and even come up to the back door!

You can see them here amongst the broccoli and brussell sprouts. They like to peck at the leaves, which suits us as we don't eat that part. They have gradually realised that the small person in residence is not really a threat!

While the chooks have been looking entirely happy and content, we were still waiting for that elusive first egg! This morning Dave and Natey discovered the precious oval and we ate it for breakfast. The yoke was bright yellow and healthy-looking. We look forward to the time (God willing) when we will no longer need to purchase eggs. We close the coop door at night to make sure the hens continue to identify that as their home and the place to lay eggs.

Roelien –   – (September 14, 2010 at 5:33 PM)  

Dear Sherrin!
Would you like a grey rooster? A baby rooster who is very quiet and stays small.

Sherrin  – (September 14, 2010 at 5:46 PM)  

Thanks for the offer, Roelien, but we are not planning to get a rooster. I hope he finds another happy home :).

hannah  – (September 19, 2010 at 7:28 AM)  

Oh fun! I"m sure it was exciting to find that first egg. I wonder if the hens were finding pests on the broccoli--that would be helpful as I have had trouble growing broccoli and cabbage because of moth larvae. Thanks for sharing your springtime pics!

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