We've been waiting for months, and at last the day has arrived. Yesterday we got our first egg from our chickens! The hens are approximately 7.5 - 8 months old now, so I guess that's right about on schedule. I'm not sure if we should expect very many eggs in the near future, since it's mid-November and the days are just going to keep getting shorter. But I've read that Orpingtons do sometimes keep laying through the winter, so I guess we'll see!
Our egg is on the right, with a store-bought size "Large" egg and a penny in the photo for size comparison.
I've read that a pullet's first eggs are often tiny and misshapen, but this egg is lovely and perfect. It's a bit smaller than the store-bought egg, but it's still a respectable size. It's lighter-colored than the store-bought egg too. It's exactly the beautiful pale porcelain-pink flesh tone that you'd see on the face of an expensive porcelain doll.
Next came the taste test. I hard boiled both the eggs, and we shared them for breakfast.