It’s official. About one week ahead of my predicted schedule, a chicken started laying eggs. For about 2 solid weeks now we’ve had a single egg every day. They’re small eggs, but there’s something fantastic about going out to the coop and finding an egg waiting to be picked up. Last wekeend, a second chicken started laying eggs, though not as regularly yet. Two eggs a day..it’s amazing!
We’ve eaten several of the eggs already, and the difference in fresh eggs, and those that you get in the store is just beyond words. The yolks of our “farm-fresh” eggs are a beautiful orange-yellow color. The cooked eggs are more firm, and the shells are much thicker.
We don’t normally eat a lot of eggs in the house. We are up to about a dozen in the fridge, and eating about as many a day as we get. I’ve got to find some new recipes that call for eggs, or find friends that aren’t scared to eat them. I have a feeling when the third chicken starts laying we’ll be up to our eyeballs in eggs!
It’s spring (I think, but Mother Nature really isn’t confirming yet) and that means one thing…baby chicks! Cute, fuzzy, full of energy they’re a surefire sign that warmer weather is on it’s way.
For the past year, we’ve discussed raising chickens for eggs. I love the idea of being a modern homesteader, and after gardening, raising chickens seemed to make sense. Aside from the eggs, we’ll also get some great compost, and some control over the bugs in the yard.
So about a month ago, our local Southern States posted that “Chick Days” were starting. We stopped in to see what they carried, supplies wise, and lucked in to getting to meet the local chicken co-operative, Cluck!. Southern States also had their coops on sale, and a wealth of information to share about backyard chicken keeping.
So this week, after talking it over again, we broke down and bought six chicks.
“Why six,” you’re probably asking yourself. State law requires that businesses sell no fewer than six in a single transaction. We don’t have room for all six, but we luckily have a farmer friend that has been looking for some new chickens. As they grow up, we’ll be making the decision on which to keep, and which will be re-homed.
Until then, we’ll enjoy their loving adorableness, and experience raising chickens for the first time.