My new hens have been laying for a few weeks now and things are progressing nicely. I am now getting 15-20 eggs a day. I seem to be in the miniature egg business now. I am not complaining at all, mind you. I would much rather have my girls lay small tiny eggs and slowly progress to larger normal sized eggs as their bodies can handle it, than have them start laying huge eggs right off the bat and prolapse. My Comets did that - it was not pretty.
Thing do seem to be progress very slowly. The first Easter Eggers layers are still laying tiny eggs. Some have not caught on to the concept of laying their eggs in the nest boxes. I am finding a cluster of 3 to 4 eggs in one corner of the coop every day. I even found an egg under the hedge bush yesterday! I try talking to the girls and telling them in a gentle tone that they need to start laying their eggs in the nest boxes and ask if anyone has any questions. They all nod their head in agreement they they got it and no one ever asks any questions so I think I am getting through to them.....maybe not.
I had one hen hop up on the helper perch below the egg boxes look around in each nest box nod her head, look up at me and say "Oh! I see. Nope I still don't get it." and hop down. Goofy bird. Most of them are getting it and doing well with laying in the nest boxes.
I was on another business trip all last week. I had to go to our site in Virginia to so some audits. I got to meet some of my co-workers for the first time. I work with some fantastic people and we have a very busy productive week. I came back home to a full egg fridge! Almost all of these are the miniature eggs. I am still getting a few regular sized eggs from my old hens. Now I have to scramble and fry up several dozen of these to give back to the hens.
I also have to make cupcakes next week for a school picnic. I have to figure out how many mini eggs equal a regular jumbo egg. I think I will go with 2 to 1 ratio. Since it is still early here and my boys are not up yet I could fix breakfast for them as well. "Here honey, I fried you up a half a dozen eggs for breakfast!" :o) We are used to it here, but it is a funny scenario to suggest to someone who buys our eggs.