What I didn't anticipate was how long that would actually feel. They were hatched on June 10, 2013, and their first egg was laid December 28, 2013. Do the math ... It was a long time.
To top it off, by mid-December the days were getting shorter and I read that hens needed 13-14 hrs of daylight to lay eggs. One part of me decided to accept the fact that I would be waiting til Spring to see any eggs. The other part of me feared I got 3-dud-poop-laying hens and I was doomed for urban chicken failure.
So on that glorious December morning during my usual early morning chicken duty. I was about to clean off their poop board tray and had to squint my morning eyes twice to believe what I was gazing upon. My heart skipped a beat and I had to convince myself that it wasn't my husband playing some cruel joke on me. Rest assured, it was a GLORIOUS blue egg, and the rest of the day I had a big smile on my face with an extra spring in my step.
I felt official, I was a true Chicago backyard chicken keeper.
My flock of three hens are cared for well and I pay close attention to what they are fed. After all we do eat their yummy eggs.
It is a simple pleasure to collect their eggs everyday. And I make sure to say "thank you", every time I collect another glorious egg.