Step right up and place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. We’re making book on the date of our first egg.
Just to keep it above board, I will disclose everything we know about the chickens – which amounts to precious little. We have four Rhode Island Reds and four Buff Orpingtons, and they were all hatched within a day or two of May 1 of this year. They’ve been raised on a diet of greens, bugs, and chicken feed (first the kind for chicks, then the grower feed), and they all seem healthy and happy.
We’ve filled their nest boxes with straw, and we will start checking them daily in a couple weeks, which would be the absolute earliest we could, in our wildest dreams, hope to find an egg. (I’m hoping that, once we start getting eggs, I will have wild dreams that don’t involve chickens.)
So, pick a date and leave it in the comments and, assuming my technical skills are up to it, I’ll make a little calendar with the chosen dates noted.
Whoever picks the date closest to Egg Day gets a dozen newly laid brown eggs. If the winner lives locally, I’ll even deliver them. If the winner is from afar (and, thanks to the excellent folks at The Cottage Smallholder, I boast an international readership), those eggs are going to be a great reason to vacation on Cape Cod.