When I was a little girl, my Grandmother had a very large farm in northern Pennsylvania. We would visit for a few weeks each summer and "help" with the farm jobs. One of my favorites was feeding the chickens and searching for eggs. When one of the chickens would sing what she called the "egg song," Grandma would tell me to go check the coop and, sure enough, there was always an egg or two waiting for me. It's not a tremendous surprise that I find myself with some suburban chickens these days.
I've done a bit of research on the care and raising of chickens and I expected our first eggs around August or September. A few weeks ago, I was eating lunch in the kitchen and I heard one of the chickens making a ruckus. Forty years since my adventures as a farm assistant but I recognized the egg song immediately! My first thought was that it was a coincidence - surely there isn't a particular song chickens sing when they lay eggs?
My son and his girlfriend were with me and I asked them to come outside with me, but didn't tell them why. Danielle and I went around to the back where the egg boxes are and, sure enough, there was an egg!
Our son is a prankster and I had a brief moment of wondering if he was playing some kind of trick on us, but the expression on his face when we told him what we had found reassured me that this wasn't a joke.
I haven't been able to record the egg song for you yet - my girls are less cooperateive or predictable than I'd like - but here's a video of someone else's chickens singing the same song. Turns out, all chickens have the same song?
Here's our first egg! We scrambled it for dinner and each of us got one delicious forkful!
It's a little smaller than a medium grocery store egg.
Within a week, we were up to 2 a day and today we got 5! Here's a recent photo of my egg-stra-ordinary ladies.
Their favorite treat these days is (cooked) spaghetti and popcorn.
So, Active Rain Friends, what are your favorite egg recipes??