Sunday, May 1, 2011
Ooooh, Oooooh... Eggs!
I'd been wondering the last few weeks when these chickens would start laying some eggs and have been checking their box periodically. I think I've done my sums correctly and they are now five and a half months old. Recently though, I'd almost forgotten that they were not intended as ornamental, entertaining fluff-balls but were in fact meant to be put to work producing food for us.
Then this morning, things were a little odd.
I filled their water and feeder and opened the gate so they could have a wander, but they stayed put in their coop. Indie and Beverly were still on the ladder which leads to their night time quarters. Which was odd. Usually they all squabble and cluck and rush out as soon as I open the gate. Except Indie who enjoys a sit on the perch for a bit longer and then sprints to join the others. So I was inspired to check the nesting box. Sure enough, two eggs.
I quickly raced inside, grabbed the camera and shouted to the monkeys to come look.
Now the eggs were a tad on the small side as I had been warned. 4.5cm long to be precise. Despite their weeny size, both the Monkeys immediately wanted egg on toast for breakfast and I was happy to oblige. Until Littlest Monkey changed his mind and refused to get dressed or have breakfast. As he tends to do. But that was great because it meant the entire other 4.5cm egg was then left all to me.
Eldest Monkey Boy had scrambled egg on toast, while I had a fried egg with mushies, silverbeet and chives. Eldest Monkey claimed his to be the best scrambled egg ever. "Sweeter than normal eggs" he said. To be honest I could not taste the difference, but I was nevertheless super-stoked to be eating our first little home grown goog.