In case you were wondering, yes we are seeing eggs from those chickens! It started with the lone blue egg from “Sanza” the black Araucana hen. Then one day there was a little brown egg who I think belonged to “Silver” because I saw her hop off the nest when I opened the trap door.
Day by day, new little eggs appear. The size gradually increases as each layer matures, and coincidentally Cooper the rooster begins showing his amorous attention to more and more of his flock. Today was a record — seven eggs in one day! I have ten hens, so in a few weeks I expect to be sharing my excess eggs with friends and neighbors.
I am very fond of my chickens and some of them seem to return the affection. They are a bit skittish when I reach out to pet them, but a few seem particularly interested in me and come close as if they want some special attention. I often pick one up when they are crowding around the feed pail and gently stroke her feathers. I find that if I put my hand on their backs first, they quiet down and can be picked up. If I grab for them around their sides they slip out and flap away with a panicked squawk. My hope is that they will come to trust me enough to allow more touching without running away.