I went in the coop just now to refresh some of the pine shavings and noticed another egg! This one was inside, on the coop floor, in a small gap between where the nesting boxes are up on cement blocks and the wall.
Unfortunately, when I picked up the egg is was cracked, and the insides were gooey, which leads me to believe that one might have been there a day or so and froze during the night. Those birds get goofy in those boxes; they tip them over and throw the shavings out. David was right; he needs to build something permenant.
But not the elaborate wall of boxes he has in mind. Just a simple box in the same place the boxes are now. I have to be careful when I give darling husband a project because a simple fix can turn into a huge (and costly) project. He can’t help it; he has great ideas.
Anyway I’m bummed about this egg. Until last week, I was checking for eggs every day, because everything I’d heard was that chickens will start laying at about 4 or 5 months. And we were right at 4 months.
But the woman at the feed store looked at me like I had two heads when I said that, insisting that I wouldn’t get an egg until about 8 months unless I had a “really precocious chickens”. So I stopped even looking.
So there you go! Someone is laying! This second egg looked exactly like the one I got this morning, pale brown and perfectly formed.
I wonder if whoever laid the cracked one realized I hadn’t found it and went outside to lay the second one, knowing I’d find it. Are chickens that smart?