Yesterday was the first day that all our hens have laid. The last two of this year’s hens have now laid their first eggs. Nine hens, nine eggs. Brahma chickens are very slow to develop and this year I have two in my flock. I was not sure if they were going to lay before the snow flies.
This is a fun time for us, with nine hens laying we have more eggs than we can possibly eat. It is that time of the year that we find ourselves giving eggs to everyone. It is lots of fun to give them to folks who remember farm fresh eggs of their youth. I get to share them with friends and co-workers who are trying to eat healthier and with fewer nasties in their food chain. I get to repay the kindness others have shown or the aid they have provided to us in a very simple, but hopefully meaningful way.
People ask why don’t I sell eggs. First because I keep a small flock. It is only in the summer and when my hens spend most of their days out do I have a flock large enough to support extra eggs. Come winter my flock will be downsized to only six and shorter days will slow laying production. Second and most of all because I find joy in being able to give a dozen now and then away. I get more back by giving away some eggs than those few bucks will ever make on my life.