Friday, July 30, 2010

An Ova-tion for Swoope!

I guess the golf balls helped!

Yes, folks, you read that right! It's official - we have our first egg! (Imagine a beam of light shining down on the coop with angels singing in chorus...) I actually got goosebumps when I came upon it yesterday evening! An almost inexcusable 76 days after bringing home our 5-6 month old hens - one small white egg, about the size of a golf ball. It was from Swoope, our Brown Leghorn. The other two lay brown eggs, and leghorns lay white, so she's our gal. She has been kind of squawky recently, but we were gone for a few hours yesterday morning and the chickens were "cooped up" as it were, so that's probably when it happened. She appears no worse for the wear. Needless to say, it was a big day around here. No eggs this morning though, I think she's taking a well deserved break. Hopefully the other (much larger) two will catch on soon!

Swoope taking a dust bath while basking in the evening sun.
The perfect end to a momentous day!

Please excuse the somewhat blurry pictures. I was so overjoyed I just didn't take the time to focus the camera! Also, thanks to my dad for the sweet post title. You're a genius! -Carrie


  1. Congratulations! It's so exciting to find that first egg. My Welsummers are finally starting to lay too. That's a relief.

  2. What Pigs Don't KnowJuly 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    Thanks, Leigh! Glad your Welsummers started, too.

  3. What Pigs Don't KnowAugust 2, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    Hey everyone! Three days later and we now have 4 eggs! Two more from Swoope (she's a machine!), and a first yesterday from Nellie! Hers is a light brown with hints of mauve! Very pretty. Now just waiting on the Barred Rock, Charlotte - the largest of our three and the one we were SURE would lay first. -Carrie