Rocky laid the first egg. Yes, the chicken we thought was a rooster turned out to be a hen. Good thing we didn't cull her. She laid a full week earlier than expected so either she was a bit older or just precocious.
For those who are also new to chickens and wondering about how you tell when they're getting ready to lay, we did have some early warning signs. First she squatted in front of me and let me gently pet her back feathers (none of my chickens likes to be touched - normally they run away if you reach for them). Then, a couple days later, she did the full-on butt-in-the-air position. Three days after that she laid her first egg. It was small but perfectly formed.
So, egg #1 was laid on Saturday September 24th.
The squatting behavior continued and then, Tuesday the 27th, Rocky took herself off to the coop for some alone time.
|Rocky in the nest box|
|Golfball on left, new egg on right|
|Compared to a store egg, size large|
|Store egg and Rocky egg|