And yes, there was squealing. I came home to TWO little eggs in the hen house! I’ve been checking each day as I let them out of their coop to roam the back yard for the evening, since I wasn’t sure when they were going to start laying. I actually wasn’t able to check the last two nights, due to after-work errands on Monday and working until 8pm last night, but since there were only two eggs, either two hens have started laying in the last day, or somebody started laying about two days ago. The eggs are tiny right now, but they’ll get bigger as the chickens get more practice.
So after squealing, and sharing all over social media, there was the grabbing of grubby clothes and cracking open a paint can, because when I got home from work, this was the current state of my nest boxes:
Now each board has a coat of paint on one side, and I hope to get a second coat on them tonight before bed.
Also, guess what I bought a dozen of at the store last night? :/