Friday, May 27, 2011

A whole lotta eggs

There were 7 dozen eggs in my refrigerator this morning:

That's 84 eggs:

Not bad for 3 year old hens, right?

Skippy, my White Leghorn, likes to gives me eggs with little surprises every now and again:

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I really love these eggs. I have been having a 3-year love affair with the eggs my hens lay me. I count them. I weigh them. I pay attention to differences and subtle changes. These below are all from Thumper, my Welsummer hen:

Each one of her eggs has a slightly different shade variation and spotted pattern. They are literally small works of art:

I carefully packaged up 5 dozen of these babies today and gave them to Jim to sell at work. Some of the people that buy them like to hear the names of my hens who laid them. Seems like people are appreciating more and more knowing where their food comes from:
:-)

Here's Honey from this afternoon. She came to the kitchen door today to announce the creation of Another Perfect Egg. As you can see, George and Clyde weren't terribly impressed:

I was, though:

I always am.

30 comments:

Mike said...

You love your eggs as much as we do ours!

Rosie said...

Brilliant! What a great number of eggs. I hope we manage as many, I am looking forward to every egg we get too!

Do you date mark your eggs somehow?

IsobelleGoLightly said...

My lady is nuts about her eggs and her chickens too. When she gathers them each day I hear her say, "Thank you". She thinks Honey is a honey!

Anne Boleyn said...

I love this post and the real affection and joy you feel for your critters and their gifts.
So happy that you are feeling better!

Lavenderfeather said...

I've had my chickens for 9 months, and my favorite part of the day is still getting the eggs. We have 2 ameraucanas, which lay the blue-green colored ones. Those are really fun! And my neighbors who buy them like all the colors, too.

Have fun, enjoy!
Heather

Diane said...

Honey looks like a chicken statue you would have sitting on your deck..she's a work of art..so beautiful, right along with her eggs. Well done!! All the eggs are so different..you should submit one of those pic's for a jigsaw puzzle pic..do people still work those besides me? Hahah!!

linda m said...

Those are some beautiful eggs. Wish I was lucky enough to get some, especially knowing who laid that perfect egg.

Christine said...

If I were able to produce perfection like that I would announce it too!

Hard to believe the cats don't even care about Honey. I guess they know if they bothered her they'd be homeless again. ;-)

turquoise cro said...

mmmMMMMM! Brown eggs!! I LOVE eggs! Wish I could buy some, I should be at the Farmer's Market right now but my daughter is sleeping in!I don't drive. I LOVE that cute chicken egg rest!!!BRAVO to all your chicks! A job very well done!

Kelly said...

Although most of my hens aren't named they are a general "Lady". For those who don't know where your food comes from it can be a health hazard. It is wonderful when animals are taken care of and are healthy and most of all happy. Yours are exceedingly so. Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Paula said...

I'm curious about how many hens you have, and what you're feeding them, and how long did it take to collect that many eggs?

Leigh said...

Don't Wellies lay the most fascinating eggs? I take a photo anytime I get an unusual pattern! I'm delighted to hear that your hens are laying so well at 3 years old. Mine are two, doing great, but we love to eat our eggs so it's hard to save a dozen or two up.

martina said...

My hen stays with three other hens next door in a deluxe coop. Of course her eggs are the best. This winter I had to get storebought eggs and they were awful compared to urban fresh ones.

Chris said...

Wow...they are beautiful, little, orbs of perfection! Honey lays some whoppers! It is adorable that she has adopted you as part of her own, little family! :)

CaliforniaGrammy said...

You've inspired us to have our own laying hens. Our eight chicks are only 2 1/2 weeks old and we are excited that we'll have our own eggs soon.

Marigold said...

I wonder what a goat egg would look like?

Carolynn said...

Eggs are really quite the little miracle, aren't they? That's a lot of eggs you have in your collection though...whatcha gonna do with them?

Valerie said...

So glad you're hens are continuing with their productivity. Mine are also three years old, and apprently everybody but one lone hen decided they were done. I've been getting one egg a day for a couple of weeks now. How do you know who laid what egg?

Zitrone said...

You think your cats are not impressed? Clyde is totally stunned, and George offers his entire body as protection from evil egg snatchers.

I have never seen that many Critter Farm eggs. You must be so happy! But I am guessing you are not weighing each individual egg anymore or are you?

Chai Chai said...

Such a wonderful "problem" to have, others should be so lucky.

Honey looks like she just took care of business with the cats and is looking for congrats and victory treats!

Linda said...

I totally enjoy reading your blog, came from reading Dogtrot. I am just a lurker as I have no blog but I wish I could just come visit your farm. Hope you do not mind my stopping by on a daily basis!
Linda in Mississippi

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i have such egg envy! there is nothing like fresh eggs. and honey..what a personality! she is just too precious!

Secret Admirer said...

Goodness it looks like Clyde is getting more and more comfortable with you guys.

Pattie Wall said...

What a good EGG coach you are! Those hens should be proud to know you authenticate their efforts in such a personal way! Those ones in your hand of Honey's are huge and I am sure very delish! We love eggs and hope to someday have our own chickens...until then, I will have 'egg envy'!

I need orange said...

Thank you for sharing your eggs with us. I love them, too.

ps -- I bet the cats would be more interested, if they were clear about what was inside! Probably just as good they don't care.....

Michaele said...

Aren't hens just the coolest! I love to give my eggs away to friends. Someone once told me not to do that because it says the eggs have no value, but I only give them to people that know the value of fresh eggs!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Very sweet post. I share your adoration. Love our girls and all their gifts.
Staci

Toni aka irishlas said...

Nothing beats your own eggs from your own hens!

They are some big eggs!

Eve said...

I'm very impressed as always Danni! Maybe someday, I'll have my own egg factory! :-)

Knatolee said...

Eggs can be so beautiful! Love yours!