Friday, January 22, 2010

Egg Dealer

I still run into some folks who give me a strange look when they find out we have three urban chickens at our house. These are acquaintances who I don't talk to regularly, or people I've recently met. And I don't mind a bit. I love talking about our hens and the coop and the eggs... Maybe I do that bit too much...

Anyway, just before we left for vacation in December I had a friend over to the house to pick up some English Toffee and Biscotti my wife and I made. Our friend seemed eager to come out and see the chickens, even though it was raining. We opened the egg door to show off the nesting box and one of our hens was in mid-lay. The three of us watched as the hen laid her egg. It was the first time I'd actually seen the whole process. Finally, drenched, we hurried into the house.

Because we were leaving for vacation, I offered some eggs to our friend. I really expected a "Thanks, but..." answer; after all, we had just watched an egg come out of a chicken... But our friend was eager to take some home.

I'm not sure I would have done the same even two years ago...


  1. Keeping chickens and raising your own food changes you, don't you think?

  2. Absolutely. We're not ready to just jump in and go 100% but we're almost doubling our garden this year, and I bet we'll increase it again next year. The issue is the place we live. We love it, a LOT, but we're not someplace where you can keep more than 3 hens or raise any other kind of animals, really, and the lots are somewhat small. Someday...

  3. It may scare you if I tell you that I wrote something very similar about 2 years ago on my blog - all slow & easy and small-scale about simple living. LOL And LOOK AT ME NOW...see the insanity you have to look forward to? I bet in two years, YOU are the one blogging about moving & buying a cow. :)