Finally! One of the new chickens started laying yesterday. I've been hoping for an egg from at least one of them for several weeks, because my chicken friend Noah's hens, who are the same age, have been laying for almost a month. My girls are maturing somewhat slowly, perhaps because I never gave them grower feed--just plain poultry mash. But they get lots of fruit and veggie treats, and time to free range for grass and bugs, so I'd say it's about time they grew up and started laying me some tasty eggs.
I believe this egg came from Rita, the Silver Laced Wyandotte. It's light brown and on the smallish side. Janice will probably lay large, dark brown eggs and Betty should lay blue or green eggs. Hopefully now that Rita is laying, the other two younger chickens will step up their game. As soon as they do, we should have plenty of fresh eggs for eating and sharing.
UPDATE: I eventually decided these eggs were from Janice, the Cuckoo Marans.