My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Pullets have begun laying eggs

As you know, we got 5 black australorp chickens and 5 easter egger chickens (all 1-day old) at the end of April of this year. We took good care of them, and when we could, built them outdoor homes inside of 6x10 dog kennels. Covered the kennels with tarps, hung shower curtains (yes, you read right) along the sides to keep out rain and snow and wind, and put in small pet carriers we'd pick up for cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.

They are now 6 months old, and after waiting and waiting and waiting, we finally see some maturity!

Although we ordered and thought we got 5 black australorp GIRLS, turned out that one was a boy. This rooster (we call him Warf) started crowing about a week ago, and 2 days later on Sunday, we saw him "earning his keep" with a hen. Two days after that on Tuesday, we got our first egg! It's really small (bigger than a quail egg tho), but perfectly formed. We're waiting until this weekend before we crack it open; could be empty or messed up inside. Takes a while (sometimes) for a pullet's body to get this egg-laying thing down right.

We got our second egg yesterday. It was a tad bigger. Wondering if a second pullet is laying.

So far, nothing from our easter egger pullets. Wonder if they are just late bloomers!?! Can barely wait to see if they will lay green or blue or pink eggs!

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