Thursday, October 7, 2010

Goldi Lays an Egg


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.


Or that.



She keeps to herself.  Or maybe, as my mother said, shes concentrating.

I think Goldi deserves a few extra sunflower seeds, don’t you?




16 comments:

Joanne said...

Good times going on there in Nyack ... Hooray for Goldi :)

June said...

Way to go, Goldi!!! There is NOTHING like the thrill of the first egg. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, hopefully more to come.

TALON said...

Definitely some extra sunflower seeds for Goldi Macaroni! Yay! How exciting! (I wouldn't dare type egg-citing, would I? lol)

Hopefully more will be on their way. That is so neat!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Yeah an egg! Hopefully Goldi will produce more eggs. I have never seen a blue egg before.

tina said...

Was it good? It's pretty!

Pam at HMG said...

Ahh, the start of good things to come. And to start with a blue egg - it can only be a good omen. I bet you are/will savor Goldi's egg...

Pam J. said...

Yay Goldi and her Human Mom! So...Who ate it? How was it prepared? How did it taste? Did you have an eating or tasting ceremony? (You recently asked me for a book recommendation. I just started Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and am loving it.

Pam J. said...

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LazyMom said...

Yay! I was wondering why you weren't showing off your eggs on-line. Soon you will have too many eggs.

JGH said...

Thanks you guys - I've gotten about 5 more eggs since that first one. I wish the others would start laying too. She tends to lay two days in a row, then take a day off. They are wonderful - very rich and flavorful. We ate it over easy.

Lazymom, been meaning to ask you, since you also had pullets, what they did the first winter... I think you said yours lay all winter without lights....so what's your secret??

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Very cool! I would love to have chickens just for those fresh eggs! You just can't beat a fresh egg! Thanks for adding the Fall Color Project banner to your page. I've added you to the sponsors post!

Way to go Goldi!

Lorilee said...

Yay for Goldie. I got 2 Ameraucanas mid-summer. I can't wait to see their eggs.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Patti Lacy said...

Yeah, GOLDI!!! LOVE this blog. It always speaks to the part of me that wishes I could spend time with chickens and enjoy nature.

Blessings, dear one.
Patti

Jill said...

I am fascinated!
I would love to have hens!

Not quite an omelet but I hope you enjoyed THAT EGG! Extra sunflowers for sure!

Ben said...

They will get there don't you worry, there just settling in. My mum has 6 chickens and gets 6 eggs daily.