So much has happened since I gave up my chickies. I've been fortunate enough to go visit them a few times now. At first, I think Gertie was still pretty mad at me...or just really cold. She seemed to be shivering. She did survive the rest of winter though.
|About a week after they moved out, it was still cold enough for down coats. |
Good thing they have this snazzy chicken coop to keep them safe and warm!
Both of them have continued to grow, little by little. And about a week after this visit, one of them started laying eggs! We weren't completely sure which one, but I have a hunch it's Gertie. I think she probably thought she was going to die in the cold, so she had to reproduce before it was too late.
Then a little after that, the other one was laying eggs too! So both Millie and Gertie started laying eggs around 4.5 months. Slightly early by normal standards (usually it's 6 months). But maybe being around all the other hens was helpful in getting them to lay early.
|Here they are! Mini eggs from my chickies :)|
According to the internet (which is 100% reliable), the eggs will become bigger as the girls continue to grow. So hopefully they will have normal-sized eggs in a couple months. But to be honest, I kind of wish they will always have mini eggs. I think they're cute! They would be cute little eggs to dye for Easter, they'd make adorable little hard-boiled eggs for snacks, AND most importantly, I could tell people I can hold 4 eggs in one hand.
We took 6 eggs home and made them for dinner the same night. I was eager to see what fresh eggs were like. And boy were they DE-LI-CIOUS. The yolks were richer, deeper in color, and tasted decadent. I don't know how to describe the difference in the whites, but if you could describe normal store bought egg whites as "runny" or "watery", these were not--they're not like solid, but more gelatinous? Maybe that's the word.
I'm so proud of my girls. And they looked so happy. Here's a video of them in the garden. The first two shown are my little ones. The others are their new sisters. They seem to travel in pairs.