As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the eggs are starting to be laid on a regular basis. I get at least two a day, sometimes three. However, they are all still quite small – about half the size of a regular egg. It’s kind of annoying to have to crack five or six eggs just to make breakfast for one person, but they’re awfully cute!
The first week of egg-laying, I started wondering if I had made a mistake. The chickens cackled loudly from 8AM until about 1PM every day. Chicken keepers call this “the egg song,” which I assure you is entirely tongue in cheek.
I never managed to catch them at it, but here’s a YouTube video of someone else’s chicken singing the egg song. Imagine four chickens doing this together for five hours a day. MAN IT IS LOUD.
They have since settled down with the cackling. In fact, I haven’t heard anything other than the usual quiet clucking for the last few days. I guess it was just a little ALARMING for them at first. “OMG AN EGG! AN EGG CAME OUT OF MY BUTT!” “MINE TOO! THAT JUST HAPPENED TO ME!” “I THINK AN EGG IS COMING OUT OF HER BUTT NOW!” “WAAAAAUGH WHAT IS GOING ON???”
As a side note, Harriet (my Rhode Island Red) has been laying nothing but double-yolkers. These are twice as large as the other eggs, which makes them exactly the same size as a regular egg. With two yolks crammed in there, and practically no egg white. Weird.
At night I like to watch them settling in to sleep on their roost. They make the sweetest little “tuk tuk” noises. If you look closely, you can see them through the window along the top of their coop. I think they like being able to peek out from their roosts.