Here are some of the first eggs laid by my silver splash Ameraucana pullets from the Jan hatch. The baby eggs are always the best color. Some of the eggs look big, but this is just a trick of the camera. They are all small to medium grade sized eggs.
I knew the young hens were ready to lay and have been trying to keep them in the pen during the morning to encourage laying in the nest boxes. So far they have deposited 4 or 5 on the floor. For the past few days I’ve been placing hens in nest boxes to show them where to lay. One hen in particular has found a way to escape the pen. She is always hanging around waiting to be let back in when I go out to do morning chores. Today I started to get suspicious about her early morning activities.
Sure enough, after a long search through the hedges and bushes, I found her stolen nest. There were about two dozen baby eggs deposited there. I suspect she and her sisters have been using the nest. So today I will put a new net over the chicken pen to stop the birds from flying out and hiding their eggs. The pullet in the front of the photo below is the main culprit. Such naughty little birds!