Ah! I love my chickens and I LOVE the beautiful eggs they lay me.
Who knew eggs could fill a person with such a happy smile?
Everyday, actually twice a day because I like doing it so much, I head out to the chicken coop with some table scraps and some fresh water (we've been having issues with our waterer in this negative-degree weather).
I call to my little chickens, "Hey chicky, chicky, chickies."
All the chickens come a-runnin'. (This fall when we had them out in the yard, they REALLY came running for me. Cute hens know right who their momma is.)
I feed them, water them, and then the moment I've been waiting for. I go open up their nesting boxes with much anticipation. And low and behold, I have eggs.
What's it going to be? A pretty speckled one? A green one? One of those cute little tan ones?
Usually we get 3 or 4. Today we got 5.
5 hens, 5 eggs. Good job girls! Even in this freezing weather!
The eggs are beautiful, healthy, and delicious. Or so I hear.
Talk about Murphy's Law: my hens start laying eggs just 2 weeks after my most recent bundle of joy is born, aaaannnnd she has food-protein (egg-protein to be specific) induced entercolitis. In other words, if I eat even the tiniest bit of eggs (I'm breastfeeding her) then she gets gross, slimy green bowel movements, which are bound to turn bloody if I keep at it. So I don't. In fact, I haven't eaten one of these eggs. Not a one! Oh well, little bundle-of-joy's older sisters and daddy sure like them.
As for me, I will continue to be very happy just looking at them. :)
And to pay proper respect to the hens who laid them, here are some pictures of them.
Here they are during the last week in July when we bought them. Aren't they adorable?!!! I remember driving home from CAL Ranch thinking, "Wow, I have baby chickens in my back seat. What the heck am I thinking?"
Then just a few months later (3 to be exact) they look like this:
They grow CRAZY fast! Not so fluffy and cute anymore, but still big and beautiful. The one up above is Amy (one of our Ameraucanas). Either she or Connie (the other Ameraucana) is laying the green eggs. Can't tell yet.
And this one below, being held by my adorable 2-year-old, is Honey, our Buff Orpington. She is definitely the smartest (which, sadly, isn't saying much). She really is smarter and sweeter than the rest though. A bit of a loner too. When we had them out in the yard (when there wasn't a foot of snow on the ground) she was always hovering underfoot.
And here's a picture of our whole flock, enjoying the last bits of the garden this fall.
1 Buff Orpington
1 Silver Lace-Wing Wyandotte
1 Black Austrolorpe
Quite the fun adventure we've been having.
They also make the cutest little clucky noises that are quite fun to hear.
And did I mention that they lay beautiful eggs?