Saturday, September 26, 2009

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS … EGGS!

After the worst heat wave and drought on record this summer, two days of rain around autumn equinox flooded the Dawgranch with six inches of relief. Tomatoes I hadn’t pulled up rebloomed, the three remaining okra dwarfs burst out with three buds where only one would normally be, the puny Serrano plants are drooping from so many new peppers, there’s a lawn where I spread grass seed in the wake of the chicken tractor and — the chickens have cooled off enough to lay their first eggs.

I have no way of knowing which of them are contributing short of a motion detector/surveillance camera rig, because I still cannot tell the sex of any of the six birds I feed and observe every day. Their combs are all very undeveloped compared to the older hens free ranging for a couple of years, but otherwise they are slimmer versions of their seniors. Maybe I didn’t get any roosters. I guess a cock-a-doodle-do ringing out some dawn will settle that.


NOT A ROOSTER IN SIGHT

CAN YOU TELL THEY'RE GREEN?


EMBRYOS ABOUT TO JOIN MY GALAXY


THE FOUR EGG OMELET I WAITED SIX MONTHS TO EAT
YUMMMMMMMM!


3 comments:

Cinnamon said...

Wonderful. I bet that tasted like no other omlette you've had before. Nothing so satisfying as enjoying the fruits of your own labours :)

Yodood said...

Not only do you spell labor funny, you assigned it to the wrong party. I only enjoyed every moment of caring for and observing them (not counting the three the dogs killed on the second day). Judging from the cackles emanating from the egg boxes there seems to be a mixture of astonishment (What the bloody hell did I just do), pride (Hi, girls, I just got my first period) and labor pains.

Oh, yeah, the eggs were scrumptious, those cackle berry fruits of feathered freinds.

Cinnamon said...

Wonderful again- that you have enjoyed custodianship of these hens. Sorry to hear you lost 3- what a blow on your second day.
They do make a lot of noise when they lay- funny creatures!

I won't comment on your funny spelling of firends as I guess it was just a typo...