Eggs, Eggs, EGGS!
Oh my, I have had chickens for over 10 years now and I love them. They are part of my rhythm of life. Every spring I order 30 chicks raise them by hand and love every minute of it. And every fall they begin to lay eggs and I love waking up in the morning and peeking into the coop to see what gifts lay in store for me. Really I think of them as tiny gifts so round and precious, it is a joy to gather eggs. I never tire of it.
Alas we live in a place that is cold and dark in the winter so just as the young hens begin to lay continuously, winter arrives and the laying either trickles or stops completely, and I miss the morning gathering.
Not only do we live in a part of the country that has a real winter season. We also live on a farm that has wildlife on it. This means that between the skunks, coyotes, owls and hawks I often lose half or more of my chickens by springtime. While my husband would love to pen the hens up during the winter so as to keep them safe, I’d rather have them roam as they will about the property and enjoy life as they may. This means that some will encounter Mother Nature’s circle of life and will not see the light of spring. This does not bother me as I realize that wildlife must eat too and so I look forward to every spring with new baby chicks to add to my paltry leftover set of hens.
This last year was no exception except that my order of chicks came later in the summer and they didn’t begin to lay until December. Now I began to get a trickle of eggs this December about 5 or 6 a day and was delighted to say the least. However the trickle has become an overflow or glut as you might call it of eggs, eggs and more eggs!
They have not ceased and so I am giving eggs to whomever crosses my path, family, friends, clients and my darling hubby has begun to sell them at work.
The eggs are marvelous gifts to me every morning and I am thankful to have them but really can’t it just slow down a bit?? I am scrambling (ha ha) for egg recipes, especially those that call for loads of eggs.
There is a saying that great gifts come in small packages. I’m just hoping that I don’t have so many packages.