After many months of cold weather my chickens have finally decided there is enough daylight and warm weather to start laying on a regular basis again. Our 7 euro white Livornese chicken actually produced eggs all winter (about every few days). Our fancy 45 euro Marans and Araucana chickens, who are known to be a bit more fragile, just decided in the last week to start laying again.
In any case, I was happy to open the coop today and find these three beautiful eggs waiting for me. Just in time to make some birthday cakes. I love spring.
I have a theory about chickens that I’ve come up with over the past years being a chicken owner. Here it is. The uglier the chicken is, the more beautiful it’s eggs are. The photo above is of Poppy. Poppy is a Marans chicken and has been with us for over a year and she lays the most beautiful bordeaux red eggs. But let’s be honest, she is…..ugly. Many people don’t realise that it’s possible to have a chicken with a nice looking face but it indeed is. We once had a chicken named Delphinium and she had a very sweet face and a lovely disposition (I can hear you laughing).
Poppy is a wide chicken as well (read obese). She can’t fly. She’s missing quite a few feathers on her neck (thanks to her roommates). And she spends her days pecking at my kitchen window trying to get at the bowl of cat food inside. But we don’t mind. We love her just the same and appreciate her beautiful eggs every single day.
Our sage green eggs from the Araucana chickens above. Some days they are robin’s egg blue. Other days a misty grey. The bordeaux coloured eggs are from our Marans chickens. Oh, and that amazingly chubby in the photo is now 9 years old and as long and lanky as they come.
Daily findings from the coop. A colourful heap of delicious fresh eggs.