19 thoughts on “Spring chicken

  1. How come they haven’t been laying all winter? Are they mere layabouts? Our chickens on the farm did not take a winter vacation; they laid without being egged.

    Gerry

    1. Oh, I like that! I think they are just too darn cold in their shed, which goes down to some frighteningly cold temps in the winter here. No coddled barn chickens here :)

  2. I bet it was fun watching them come out…all the head bobbing while they checked out their surroundings before an experimental peck or two, and then they’d be heads down, busy doing chicken business. You’ll get lots of eggs from now on, I’m sure – the longer daylight will make a big difference, and I think being outside will stimulate them, though of course sometimes change puts them off their stride. Probably not in this case, though.

    1. You’ve painted the exact picture of their first outing, that lovely focus on chicken business. They are so delightful and continually surprise me with their simplicity. Crossing fingers for good egg production!!

  3. You’ve STILL got snow? It must be nice in the other seasons to make up for the hard winters. Glad your chickens are moving around. Do you ever feed them meal worms? My grand kids love giving dried worms to their chickens.

    1. We just had another five or six inches two days ago and apparently we’re in for more at the end of this week! This is a long, entrenched winter even by our own standards. We can have pretty great summers, and I’m putting my faith in this one! We gave the chickens live crickets at Christmas, but never meal worms, that’s a good idea.

    1. We do feel very fortunate, Sheryl. Fresh eggs are incredible, and I do enjoy the chickens themselves. You could easily justify some in-house chickens with your baking!! :)

  4. Wonderful! :) And may that egg soon be joined by many more! I know you’ll put them to good use. I’m going to go check out that cinnamon roll post now…

  5. This makes me so happy! Hello spring chickens!! Love their colours! And what a glorious egg! What joy to have your first fresh egg of the season from your own chickens. : )

    (I’m super thrilled about eggs I found in the city – we were getting some in Navan from a farm (whenever we happened to visit) and for awhile a friend was bringing some from her sister’s farm but it’s been awhile and I haven’t had farm fresh eggs since I’ve been back from school. But I found out that one farmer has a table at a local bakery here on Montreal Rd. every second Saturday! Yay! Farm eggs again finally!)

    1. They send a big hello right back to you! I think your persistence in finding local, farm fresh eggs as a city dweller is really amazing – fantastic! Enjoy those eggs.

    1. I’m finally prepared to believe it too! Three more eggs today, so the numbers are going in the right direction already. Our rooster agrees with you of course. :)

  6. Ha! Fantastic. I’ll bet that was one tasty egg. It certainly looks like it was deserving of its special plinth. Wow, those chooks must be enjoying some serious wing-stretching and bird yoga being cooped up for so long.
    I’m amazed you still have snow!! Wishing you many more (hopefully sun-kissed) eggs very soon.

    1. There is truly nothing like the first egg of the year! Except the second, and third, and fourth! The chickens are straight out of their coop every day until chicken sundown (about five in the afternoon, they like to get tucked up early), and seeing them stretch and explore their world again is so lovely.

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