I let them out and watered the plants, quickly, since I was running late for work already.
As I was walking up the deck to head back into the house, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.
I thought to myself, surely that wasn't an egg I just saw.
Taking a few steps backward, I saw that it was indeed an egg.
OUR FIRST EGG!
When I opened the side of the coop, I found that there were two.
I was able to reach one from the side door on the coop, but the other one was clear on the other side, near the chicken door.
So, I had to crouch and slink into the fenced area and stick my arm into the coop to get the egg.
The chickens kept following me around and I was worried they'd be opposed to me taking their egg and peck me (I'm new to this remember), so I basically locked myself into the fenced area to keep the chickens out while I was stealing away with their eggs.
I threw some food out into the yard to distract them, for good measure.
Eggs in hand, I crouch-crawled back out of the fenced area and hurried inside to get ready for work, but not without a little happy dance.
When I got home from work, I peeked back in the coop to discover two more eggs.
I had to do the exact same escapade to get the eggs out, though the second one was harder to reach since it was further away from both coop doors, but I did it and remained chicken poop free!
So our weekend plans involve finishing up the nesting boxes since now they're laying eggs. Those should make the egg gathering process much easier and less comical for anyone who happens to be watching me.
For now, I will leave you with a look at our first eggs, four from their first day of laying. Not sure which hens laid which, but there's a chance everybody laid an egg yesterday since we have four hens.
Suffice it to say I'm one happy chicken mama!