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Hang on, it’s coming!


Fully two weeks earlier than last year.

Lucia, of course. Good old Lucia, Boss Chicken. She’d laid 132 eggs when I stopped counting last year (once the little girls started, it was harder to tell who laid what).

Mapp, by contrast, has laid 13 eggs in her whole stupid life — she didn’t start laying in the Fall when Lucia did, and she spent the entire Summer broody, trying to hatch rocks and straw and bits of junk. In any other household, she’d for the pot, but she’d probably poison us. Crazy chicken.

It felt like Spring today, too. If we can just hang on a little longer…


Comment from Harrison
Time: February 16, 2012, 11:38 pm

Congratulations on your early egg!

Comment from Redd
Time: February 16, 2012, 11:47 pm

Do real fresh eggs taste noticeably better?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 16, 2012, 11:53 pm

I don’t trust my judgment on this. I think so. Partly, though, it’s that bantam eggs taste nicer because they have a much higher proportion of yolk to white.

If you boil eggs that are too fresh, they won’t peel well. But very fresh eggs make splendid mayo.

Comment from Nina
Time: February 17, 2012, 12:08 am

I’ll have to ask my chicken lovin’ colleagues if theirs have started to lay yet. I’ve had some of the eggs and they’re niiiice, the yolk is much darker than in store bought eggs. But hey…I like eggs. Chicken eggs, anyway.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2012, 12:18 am

Yes, the yolks are an extraordinary orange color. Partly because they’re fresh, and partly because my girls are truly free range…bugs, slugs, weeds, bits of junk. They eat everything.

There’s an old treatise on egg tempera painting (like, 16th Century old) that recommends using egg yolks from city chickens rather than country chickens, because city chickens are fed on grain exclusively and their yolks are paler.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: February 17, 2012, 12:20 am

They don’t lay during winter?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2012, 12:36 am

Nope. They need a certain amount of light per day to make an egg (twelve or thirteen hours, I think). If I put a little 40-watt bulb up in the chicken house and gave them a few hours extra artificial light, they’d lay all year ’round. Like the commercial egg producers do.

I have to assume it’s good for them to give them a little break in the hard Winter months, though. Ours are so much more pets than practical livestock, that’s my main consideration.

Comment from Redd
Time: February 17, 2012, 1:05 am

I use to laugh at people who had chickens as pets but I’ve come around. So many people do. Plus, their feathers are so pretty. And then there’s the eggs!

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: February 17, 2012, 2:03 am

I had no idea! I wonder how many more chickens get eaten during the winter than when they’re laying.

Comment from geoff
Time: February 17, 2012, 4:03 am

Hey Sweasy – if you want to burn some time, check out my latest lame post at IB. If someone with some talent (glances sidelong at, well, you) could fix up my lame message & graphics, it might be useful to the forces of T,J, and the AW.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: February 17, 2012, 5:24 pm

Congratulations on your first egg. May there be many more.

Comment from mojo
Time: February 17, 2012, 5:26 pm

Looney Tunes:
“Miss Prissy or Prissy is typically described as an old spinster hen, thinner than the other hens in the chicken coop, wearing a blue bonnet and wire-rimmed glasses. The other hens describe her as “old square britches”.”

Comment from Redd
Time: February 17, 2012, 5:39 pm

Fully two weeks earlier than last year.

I guess this means you keep a little egg laying journal?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2012, 9:28 pm

I jot memorable happenings on a calendar. I’ve been bad about it this Winter, though.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 17, 2012, 9:34 pm

What, you don’t need to have Mr. Rooster come around once a year or so to, um, recharge them?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2012, 10:03 pm

Nope. Mister Rooster not required, unless you want behbehs.

They’re basically just ovulating.

Um, ew.

Comment from Redd
Time: February 18, 2012, 12:02 am

They’re basically just ovulating.

Cramps every day???

Damn right, ew.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 18, 2012, 12:20 am

And explaining the old saying,

Madder than a wet hen

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 18, 2012, 12:29 am

I can tell you, it damn well hurts to lay an egg. This one, for instance, has a couple of blood spots. If you stand outside the henhouse and listen, you’ll hear the girl inside going “eeeeeeee! eeeeee!” trying to squeeze one out.

Makes me feel awful, really.

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 18, 2012, 1:04 am

Ease her strain with a sharp piece of iron mounted on a wooden lever. Very traditionally Britisher… when the Druids were too busy fornicating around to come up with steel per se, any old chunk of rock did the job.

My hair’s falling out… either radiation or knee grows.

Comment from Tirolia
Time: February 18, 2012, 5:58 am

Verdammt meine Langbeine,

too many svarthies around. Kivvies. Engelander mongerelses.

.303 Britisch enthusiasten, these sillie 12 gramme Patronen.
No klein vonder ve deported their schtinkenden Arssen da wo de Sun no shines, wit Aboriginalen and othere sub-unter-Specien.

Kiri-kiri Kookoo-lookoo.
Kare-kare Poo-Poo Kaka-Kaka.
Kohu-Kohu Pio-Pio.

Diese halb-Breine can no longer Sense understanden. De Papageien/parrakeetten teach dem how to speek, theese Kivvien.

Some Government should zend diese Kivvien to some penal Kolonie… Amerika perhaps/vielleicht?
Amerika takes alle!
dat vill teech dem to recognize de mighty 10.3×60 Rimmed mm!! one side from cassovary (badarse chicken wit allergrosse beak) to die oder!!!


Comment from Nieta de Bob
Time: February 18, 2012, 12:47 pm

I take full and complete responsibility for the warmth of Britain right now. I have brought with me my CA weather and because of it, weather patterns in Britain have changed and warmed up a bit, thus the unusually warm weather. And if it does, in fact, get hot this summer (and I don’t mean hot as in 70*F) I am truly, deeply sorry.

However, grats on the early eggs! 🙂

Comment from Redd
Time: February 18, 2012, 7:56 pm

I went to the grocery store and they tried to give me 2 dozen eggs for free. Cruel taunt? I think so!

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 20, 2012, 12:14 pm

Another fake Oceania post … this is obviously some retarded American.

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