Monday, July 20, 2009

The Eggs Have Arrived!

We have now arrived at (one of) the reason(s) that most people do not allow their chickens FREE free range. They lay all around the yard. Of course, other reasons include dogs and other animals of prey, but we don't really have those concerns here during the day.

Our chickens still do not have a proper nest box in their coop cage, and the fully enclosed coop is still incomplete. We had let it fall behind a bit, as the chickens have been happy with their accomodations, and we didn't expect eggs for another month.Yesterday, Mr. Nature found four beautiful small eggs in the ivy where one of our hens spends time. They are obviously the first ones, as they are very small. We are elated to have the first eggs, and look forward to all those to follow.

Thanks to Sriper Striper the Wonder cat, we had a visit from this little snake yesterday:Striper had inflicted a wound, so we do hope Mr. Snake made it...Mr. Nature let him loose on the north side near the creek bed (where the other snakes were taken). Garter snake of some sort; yellow ribbon snake?

I finished the embroidery on Amilia's project. Now to take it to the sewing machine...
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6 comments:

ecogeneration said...

Ohhhh you got me getting jealous about the eggs and screamed when I saw the pictures of the snake. YIKES! Me and snake? Not.

Sinclair said...

I am not fond of them, either, and I am SOOOOOO glad my husband was willing to put on a glove and catch it behind its head and carry it off to safety. It helped that we knew it was not a poisonous snake...wouldn't touch those!

Deb G said...

Congratulations on your first eggs! I'm thinking it won't be too much longer for me either. Have you been collecting recipes that use a lot of eggs?

Sinclair said...

I have not begun to look for recipes yet, but that is a great idea! So far, I am thinking of a baked zucchini tonight, which uses two eggs, and some of my "egg bake" casseroles with garden vegetables. We also like to boil them and have them diced on green salads.

ecogeneration said...

Aant a simple steamed eggs recipe? whisk equal amounts of eggs and water (i.e. if eggs yield about 1/2 cup, add 1/2 cup of water). Add chopped scallions and salt. Put the mixture in heat proof ceramic or pyrex bowl. You can either cook it in a microwave or steam in a pot. If you are going to cook it in a microwave, cover the bowl with a heavy plate to seal in the steam. For 2 eggs, try microwaving it for about 2 minutes. If not done, add one minute.

Pot - pour water into the pot - about 1 1/2 inches high - use a pot that is wide enough to fit your hand on the side for you to grab the hot bowl out when it's done. Cover the pot until the steamed egg is done. VERY CAREFUL WHEN TAKING THE BOWL OUT AS IT WILL BE VERY HOT!

Very simple and yet soft steamed egg is delish for breakfast!

Sinclair said...

@ecogeneation: I will have to try that one. I have never steamed eggs. I like the stovetop method since we don't have or use a microwave. Thanks!