There's been a 180° turn (that's half a circle!) in Our Sad Chicken Tale.
On October 8, we got our first egg from a young hen. I could tell because it was a dark brown, rounder egg than we usually get, and it had a spot of blood on it, something that often happens with a hen's first egg. OUCH!
By October 19, all four young hens were laying. Then one day, there were five eggs, then six, then seven. Soon we were getting 5-7 eggs a day every day, and I realized that the young hens seemed to have started a new fall fashion: Lay Eggs! Grace and Kiwi are clearly molting, but everyone else is busy laying. Perhaps they heard how much the price of feed has gone up and figured they'd better quit slacking!
My tripod broke as I tried to set it up so it was a bit wobbly with a telephoto lens on top, but I refused to be deterred and finally managed to capture the moon along with one of the two bright stars nearby. I'm into photography, not astronomy, so don't ask me which star it was! Unfortunately, my photo doesn't begin to convey the beauty of a full moon in a clear sky flanked by brightly twinkling stars on a frosty night.
Humble, earthly eggs and glorious celestial bodies--what a marvelous Creation God has given us to enjoy!