My awesomely obnoxious green chicken has a surprise.
It’s an egg!
Yesterday the Barnevelder was spending a lot of time in and out of the nest boxes. I would run outside excitedly every time she popped back out of the coop, check all the boxes, then go back in to play the waiting game. Just as I was beginning to think she was doing it to torment me I opened a box and there she was, looking quite shell shocked (harr harr) with a perfectly petite brown egg next to her. It took her a few minutes to remember she needed to announce her achievement, and as I was taking her picture she let out an ear-splitting egg song. Then the d’Anvers joined in with their nearly deafening “EEE! EEE! EEEEEEE!” I wish I had thought to bring my video camera out. Maybe next time they’ll do it again so I can get a video of them.
It weighed 50 grams on the dot, which places it just over the minimum for the medium size category. Not bad for a first egg!
Even Suki was excited, dancing around my legs to try and get a good look at the egg. When I showed it to her she treated it just like the plants in her garden, gently sniffing and taste-testing it with a content expression on her face.
I’ll take this as a sign that spring is on the way.