As soon as the chickens are allowed to roam the yard it becomes somewhat of a challenge to gather the eggs. Hens will lay eggs in the tall grass, in a hay bunk, in a corner or even in a goose nest. When I don’t find as many eggs as I think I should, I have to start searching. Even in the barn they get adventuresome and lay eggs in unusual places.
For instance, see this barn window just leaning against the wall?
I didn’t think there was enough space for a chicken to get behind it but look what I found!
Here’s a pet carrier- look inside – hard to see but there’s one egg.
Upstairs in the haymow is where we store our alfalfa hay bales and we keep a tarp over the stack to keep it clean. The chickens have found the little space at the top of the stairs that I leave open for the cats and they go upstairs to lay eggs!
Every place there’s a little hidey hole they lay an egg! Now in this weather it won’t matter if I don’t find it till the next day but come summer that won’t be the case.
And here’s the pail full of eggs from the far corner of the hay shed where I had to crawl on my hands and knees to reach the nest consisting of both goose eggs and hen eggs. These will have to be trashed because I don’t know how long they had been there. I’ll break them for the chickens and no, I don’t think that will drive them to break their own eggs. I’ve done it for years.
Here’s my beautiful basketful of perfect eggs that came to the kitchen.
Today when I walked to the mailbox something caught my eye on the ground – this gorgeous bird egg – is it robin? I’m not sure and I can’t see the nest. Isn’t it the most beautiful color you’ve ever seen?
It looks like the wrong shape to be a robin egg – does anybody know? I took it to the piano room where I laid it in a small nest saved in my cupboard.
And in an ironstone butter pat.
That was one fun thing that happened today. Since the weather got very nice this afternoon I finished up with the hydrangeas. (It’s dark now and I forgot to take a picture – I will tomorrow.). But this is a huge relief to have it done. We’re supposed to get rain the rest of the week. Now that’s why I have to work so hard when weather permits.
Here’s Margie B’s Harvey.
My pencil tree is sending off lots of new growth.
And here’s what I got done on Saturday – the Kaffe Fassett blocks put together. Now I’m piecing a back and hopefully the next rainy day it will go on the longarm.
And Martingale was kind enough to send these three new releases for a book giveaway. Leave a comment and I’ll have Reed pick 3 names. I’ll post those names and if your name is chosen, you’ll have to email your address to me for shipping.
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Is little improv project is by my machine tonight.
Our aunt, Blanche Friedow, Mom’s younger sister, resides at Westview Care Center In Britt, IA and was recently chosen to be prom queen. Our mom, Hazel, was crowned Valentines Day queen one year at Concord and she was just tickled. I think Blanche is, too!
For those of you who mentioned the Kramers at Jo’s Country Junction, thank you for your prayers and your support. I ordered my t-shirt that says Kramer Strong, In This Family No One Fights Alone. What a wonderful supportive family motto! I caught myself beginning to whine about my knee that hurts and I caught myself in time. I have nothing to complain about. Please Lord, watch over the Kramer Family and give them strength!