Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fresh Eggs


 All nine of our hens are laying now and we've been enjoying an abundance of fresh eggs every day.  I realize this may sound a little silly, but our chickens have become a part of our family... as much as we love and enjoy their eggs, we enjoy them too.


 All the different shades are so pretty.  For two months we had only blue eggs, so it was actually pretty exciting when we had our first brown eggs!  We've had enough for us every day, and we've also gotten to share a little with family, friends and neighbor. 


 As our hens have grown, it's been fun getting to know their different personalities.  They all run to us when we step outside and love foraging around in the grass and dirt during the day. 


 Growing up, it was my chore to help out in the care of our family chickens.  I loved them and would gather their eggs every day, wash and put them away... I even had a few egg buying customers (smile).  

Who would have known that years later I would have two little girls doing the same...

34 comments:

  1. Aren't eggs beautiful? That photo of the eggs in the vintage blue and white bowl is so lovely. The photo of your girls washing the eggs is darling.

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  2. Love it...and your chicks with beautiful eggs.

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  3. I love all your pictures here. I grew up on a farm and it was my job to collect the eggs, too. Those are some fond memories-especially the low sounds of clucks and "coos" that came from the chicken coop when I went in-Great post- xo Diana

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  4. Your chickens are so pretty and all the beautiful eggs too. We had chickens also and always had fresh eggs. There is nothing fresh eggs for breakfast. Your girls look so cute washing the eggs they have collected.
    Happy Halloween.
    Mary

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  5. I love all those colors as well, wish we could have chickens here but to close to the town.

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  6. We have chickens and we have always had brown eggs. How do you get blue eggs? So so pretty! Love how they look in the bowl. My kids name our chickens. We consider them family too :-)

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    1. Hi Sherry, we have two Easter Egger hens that lay blue-ish colored eggs. They are so pretty!

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  7. Aren't chickens fun? We're down to only 4 hens here, and afraid (egads!) that we might have to buy some eggs over the winter.

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  8. I love fresh eggs!!!! My neighbor keeps me supplied (I'm so blessed :) ) but the chickens are molting right now and not laying. Had to buy some at the store. They look all washed out and aren't nearly as appetizing!

    On a side note...can I ask you what your blogger template is and how you get your photos so big? When I make mine extra large they get cut off. Is it editing? Format? Any help would be appreciated!!

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    1. The store bought eggs just are not the same! We were fortunate before having our own hens to have a neighbor that shared with us a little too. :-)

      You might just need to adjust the widths of your blog. It's very easy to do... go to your Blogger Dashboard, Template, Customize and Adjust Widths. My entire blog is set at 1064 px. Hope that helps some!

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  9. These pictures are so beautiful. I love those precious girls and I love your hens too! So glad I get to reap the benefits of your fresh eggs!! ~ Mom ~

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  10. Your chickens and eggs are beautiful... But, the last photo of your girls washing eggs, melts my heart. They are so precious. I would love to have chickens. I think it would get too cold in the winters in central IL. I may to check into it further. You are making me want some very much!

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  11. Beautiful pictures, as usual. My 3 boys love gathering our eggs, but it's a little bit of a challenge as one of the chickens (Old Rusty) has decided to be "broody". She just does not want to get up, then she'll click and make kind of a low rolling "bawk" as the boys get the eggs. We'd don't have a rooster right now, so I'm sure she would be disappointed with what "hatched". Our girls have shut down on egg production up here, as the weather turned cold this week. Thanks for sharing the pretty pictures, hope you have a great day, Jodie

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  12. How wonderful to have fresh eggs everyday...your hens are beautiful and so are your little "chickadees"...love that photo!! Have a wonderful weekend in that glorious farmhouse of yours!

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  13. Beautiful eggs! And your little sweeties working away at the sink - darling :)

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  14. The picture of your two sweet girls is precious! Sweet, simple, farm life at its best.
    Blessings,
    Carol {pur et simple}

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  15. I love how you guys work together to take care of your animals, it's unexpected bonus to having animals and pets!

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  16. Your hens are gorgeous! Our hens are like part of our family too and we always think of their eggs as gifts:) Nothing yellower than a free range egg yolk ... always amazes me. Love the pic of your little blossoms ... so sweet! Happy weekend ahead to you ~ x

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  17. Hi Andrea! You have no idea how happy I get when I see that you've posted! It's like my sweet time to sit down and take a deep breath. Thanks for sharing your joys and life with us!

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  18. I so envy your ability to have chickens. That is one thing I would really like to do someday. That and have a donkey, silly I know but I really want one.

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  19. This is my favorite kind of post, the comforts of home! Your home is so warm and inviting, the girls are precious, and the hens are pleasantly plump. This is why I love your blog so much!
    P.S. I just revisited your post from your Holiday Dinner last year to get some ideas ;)

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  20. The picture of your daughters is so adorable!

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  21. Looks like a bowl of Easter eggs. Lucky you to have fresh eggs. Love the picture of your girls at the sink.

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  22. Oh what fun. Look at your girls so busy at their chore of tending to the eggs. So cute. Thank you for taking me down memory lane as well. Reminiscing of gathering eggs at my Aunt and Uncle's farm in South Dakota when I was a wee little one. Smiles!

    Debra









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  23. Hi. I just discovered your blog, the picture of your girls at the sink is just precious. So many yummy looking recipes you have too, I'll be trying some of those out soon for sure. Take care,

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  24. The eggs are so pretty, and the girls so adorable. Glad you are getting so much enjoyment out of hen ownership!

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  25. Hi, Andrea! The eggs must be so much fun along with the hens. The picture of your girls washing the eggs is absolutely adorable! What great memories you are making with them. Have a great weekend! ~ Jamie

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  26. The eggs are really pretty in your vintage bowl. The colors make them look so festive. We had chickens growing up, but we only got brown & white eggs. I guess it depends on the breed? Unfortunately we can't have farm animals where we live, but I wish we could.
    The photo of your girls at the sink is precious! They grow up so fast.
    I just recently discovered your blog and have been enjoying it very much. I have a blog too, and I'd like to invite you to visit me when you have time. I would be honored.

    simplesoutherncottage.blogspot.com

    Blessings!

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  27. Hello Andrea,

    your girls are so precious ! You have such a wonderful place to raise children and a gorgeous house!

    I was wondering, as a "wannabe" homesteader, how much time a day to you spend on the chickens? And the garden ? I'm trying to figure out if I will still be able to work (from home) with all the chores related to the homestead.

    Thank you !

    Stephanie

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie! Yes, you definitely will have the time. :-) I check our chickens in the morning, gather their eggs, let them out and then put them back in their house in the evening and check their food and water again. They are so easy to care for and SO much fun! If you are worried you won't have a lot of time to spend gardening, just plant a small garden, enough for your family to eat. I love spending time gardening during the summer - although the weeds did get the best of me this year, but I tried not to let it bother me. ;-) I still work from home (only part-time) but haven't had to make any adjustments time-wise for chickens or gardening. Hope that helps!

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    2. Thank you for your reply Andrea, :) That really helps !

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