After twice daily visits to my backyard chicken coop for the past 4 months, are a few eggs too much to expect? Apparently so, according to my chicken source. When I wrote to the farm where I bought the pullets to find out when I could expect some eggs, I learned that my special heritage breed girls may not produce until February! Because of their natural free-range diet and exposure to the great outdoors, I was told, they now sense that winter is coming, and are putting all their energy into making new feathers to keep themselves warm. Eggs, they said, might have to wait for warmer, longer days.
I wasn't happy.
But then, it happened, about 24 hours later. We got an egg!
I knew the egg was Goldi’s because it was blue, and Goldi Macaroni is an Ameraucana-- an “Easter Egger.” Here's the egg. It's a little creamy, a little greeney, a little teeny.
Who would’ve thought that Goldi would cross the finish line first? Goldi is the one in the background. The little shy one. The follower. The one who was the last to eat out of my hand. Goldi doesn’t pose for photos -- she stays out of the spotlight. When you see Goldi in the backyard, she’s usually busy, heading away from you. Either this way.
She keeps to herself. Or maybe, as my mother said, shes concentrating.