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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Easter in November?

The start of the hunt (slightly muddy eggs)
We just had an amazing egg hunt!  (Yes, I know it's November, let me explain...)
Our chickens have been acting strangely. 
We couldn't find the girls last night and searched the yard (and neighborhood) high and low.
No sign.  I thought they were in a pot or cat's belly somewhere.
This morning they all wandered out around 10 AM.  They had been hiding under the deck!  (We have a HUGE deck.)
Dinner, the sweetest chicken, was not coming out but for a minute or two to eat and I thought maybe she'd been injured by a cat or some other creature...


When we went hunting for her tonight (to put her up in the coop) I found her in the smallest part of the deck (about 6 inches from the ground.)  She was sitting on a "nest" of eggs and she pecked at me when I went to chase her off.
Uh oh- a broody girl!

When I managed to chase her off Scott went to reach for the egg she had been sitting on.
Hubby: "Um, babe?"
Me:  "Yeah?"
Hubby:   "She doesn't just have one egg..."
Me:  "Oh?  How many?"
Hubby (laughing):  "Get me a BIG basket."

Before washing and testing
The Grand Total?
81 EGGS!
After washing them assembly-line style twice, and testing them 2-3 times by independent judges (me and the kids) we ended up with 44 GOOD ones!  Oh me.

After, only part of the find
And I accused the chickens of being lazy.


Fawn said...

Awesomely hilarious. Hope you haven't put too much work into building a brooder!

panamamama said...

No kidding! I have a guy working on a bigger coop for me. Now I let them roam the yard and only put them up and night, but with this one I could keep them in most of the time and know where the eggs are! :) So crazy. Awesome waffles for breakfast though!

April said...

That's very impressive, Michelle!:)

Anna Hettick said...

Dang! That's a lot of eggs to be brooding!!

Visiting from SITS! =)

Tara Lotufo said...

I never thought I'd be jealous of chickens! I'm no farm girl...I'm 100% city...but for some reason (my family eats eggs like zombies eat people!) I want a chicken!!! Thats amazing that she produced that many eggs!

Anonymous said...

AAAAHHHHHHH! That's a lot of eggs!!! Amazing. As a mother of two, I can't imagine pushing out 81. Well done, Dinner! (The name is a crack up, by the way!) Stopping over from SITS! :)

Sheila Skillingstead said...

When I was a kid I often summered at Grandma and Grandpa's farm. I was in charge of getting the eggs. I wasn't allowed to get them off the nests because Grandma would say they wouldn't lay an egg the next day. I hated getting pecked. Finally, I pointed to the side and said look over there. It worked quite a bit and I don't know why. Have a great SITS day.

Kristin Leamy said...

Holy MOLY that's a ton of eggs!! I'd be a bit snippy too, gotta admit ;)

Fire Wife said...

Too funny! We have chickens as well, but due to our dogs thinking they look yummy, we keep them in a chicken tractor (movable coop). One one hen is broody, and so that became her name, "Broody". And since we have 3 nesting boxes for 13 laying hens, she broods over everyone's eggs!

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Laura Gustafson said...

So why was she in charge of all the eggs?!?! :-)

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