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This year, I started raising chickens. Why? Good question! I guess it sounded like a good idea at the time. A good friend of mine was generous in giving my family eggs from his own chickens and eight baby chicks. Since the end of May when I received the baby chicks, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first eggs. I was thinking maybe we’d see some in September, but I knew this might be a little early. By the middle of September, I was checking the chicken coop every day to see if there were any signs of just one egg. Well, I repeated this daily journey to the chicken coop for several weeks with the same result – no eggs yet.
Finally when I least expected in, I visited the chicken coop on Friday, October 23rd, to find my first two eggs! That’s right, not just one – but TWO eggs! It was such an exciting experience. My son was present for my celebration. I’m sure his ears were hurting after all of my “Wahooing” and carrying on. I couldn’t contain my excitement. After 21 weeks, we finally received our first eggs. Since this day, we have racked up over 30 eggs. We’ve enjoyed scrambled eggs and pancakes. And we’ve stopped buying eggs at the grocery store.
One of the best things about this whole chicken/egg project is that I now have eggs to give to other people. This past weekend, we gave away our first mini-carton (8 eggs) of eggs. It is so great to pay it forward – egg style. I’m looking forward to this opportunity for many years to come.(If you live in the area and you’d like to be put on the waiting list for eggs, drop me a line.)