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Getting Our First Eggs From the New Chickens

We needed to build a few more nesting boxes for the chicken coop, and rather than go out and buy wood, we decided to re-purpose a pink 1950s-era bookshelf that was in the cellar.  There's already an abundance of shelving down there for my canning, and so the pink shelf seemed better suited as nesting boxes. It worked out quite well.  All we did was lay the bookshelf onto its side and fill the openings with straw. Our five new hens instinctively knew what to do.  They quickly made themselves comfortable in their new nests, and within a few days one of them had laid an egg.

I have never seen such a tiny chicken egg.

Our older hens didn't start out with such little eggs. We're not sure which hen laid it.

It's almost too cute to eat.  Almost.