Singing the Egg Song

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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??


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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Well Jean Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl I don't think my neighbors would be too happy with me if I had chickens, especially chickens that "sing."

Bill Roberts

Jun 28, 2016 11:18 PM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

When we had family at Christmas...Christmas morning was the traditional egg bake...everything ....cheese, bacon, cheese cheese....mushroom, onion,  with a croissant bottom crust...mmmmm

Jun 28, 2016 11:27 PM #2
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jean, love this story!  At a meetup a while back, Susan Haughton gave me some fresh eggs from her hens, and they were just wonderful!  When eggs are very, very fresh, it's like a different food!

Jun 28, 2016 11:45 PM #3
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Fresh omelet all the way. Cheese, onions, mushrooms, bacon, and shrimp!

Jun 28, 2016 11:52 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl That is hilarious...Chicken' Egg Song. Your chickens must love have a run of the roost!

Jun 28, 2016 11:56 PM #5
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

What a great memory Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl sounds like you have a great time.

Jun 29, 2016 01:08 AM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is eggstra special.  Your girls look very happy.  Who knew they would love popcorn!


Jun 29, 2016 02:20 AM #7
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Groveton, NH
Caron's Gateway Real Estate

Hi Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl .  I loved your story,  I would have loved to have grown up on a farm.  I had no idea that chickens sing a song or made any noise when they laid eggs.   I would love to have some chickens.  Thank you for sharing, take care 

Jun 29, 2016 03:59 AM #8
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Got to admit that I'm guilty of playing this a few times back-to-back for my wife at work today, Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl.  She grew up on an IL farm that had about 1000 chickens on it ... so I thought I was being a bit amusing.  

Her reply to my playing your video's sound?  "Sounds like home to me!" 

Enjoy those fresh eggs ...


Jun 29, 2016 06:39 AM #9
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I wonder if it is like going into labor! I have heard that song, but have never had chickens.

Jun 29, 2016 11:31 AM #10
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