Easter without the eggs?

Real or perceived, there’s been talk of an egg shortage the last few weeks. Maybe due to “stress baking” or perhaps a slight hiccup in the supply chain, but whatever the cause, our hens are suddenly looking like superstars!

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While everyone else is “flocking” to stand in long lines at the grocery, we just step into the coop – this time of year the girls are laying like crazy.

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And since you can’t have eggs without chickens (or is it the other way around?) there’s also been a rush among the more intrepid to become flock keepers. According to a recent article in the UK’s Independent, hatcheries on our side of the pond have experienced a 100% increase in orders and long waiting lists for baby chicks.

Almost eleven years into it, I can only champion the joys of chicken keeping, but with one caveat: while we may never know for sure whether the chicken came before the egg,  it is an absolute that the coop must come before the chicken. A well thought-out and constructed coop is a must and will save the flock keeper from tears and tragedy. A good place to start is by reading anything by Gail Damerow, who is pretty much the grande dame of chicken keeping.

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Another excellent resource is your local feed store or Tractor Supply (if they are open?) and backyardchickens.com is an online treasure trove of information. mypetchicken.com is a good resource for the backyard flock keeper who wishes to begin with a small brood of chicks.

If you’re tempted, I say go for it, but also remember that while you won’t be “sheltering in place” forever (or at least I hope not!) your flock will always need daily tending. Feeding, watering and coop maintenance are musts and some period of supervised free-ranging makes for the happiest of hens. I daresay our crew looks pretty happy:

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At a time when we can’t visit with friends and neighbors, at least we’ve been able to leave a pack of fresh eggs as a calling card. One kind friend traded me a coveted container of Clorox wipes for a half dozen eggs and another reciprocated with a container of fresh produce from her garden. Slowing down, looking deeper and treasuring what we have  has been a gift in these challenging weeks.

But Easter without the eggs? Without the chocolate? Without the Peeps? Another gift. The greatest gift of all, because John 14:6

Luke 24:2-3;   John 11:25-26;   Luke 24:6-7

He is risen. He is risen indeed.

Happy Easter!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to Easter without the eggs?

  1. Cat says:

    Happy Easter to you, Steven and your wonderful chickens, kitties and dog❣️ I Miss you all do much!

    He has risen, he has risen indeed🙏🥰

    Love, Christi

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. dizzyguy says:

    The hens are a blessing in many ways, as they represent a simpler life than most of us lead. In times of stress they are unfailingly a calming influence. It has been a great 11 years with them.

    And of course, He is risen. He is risen indeed. This is the blessing that dwarfs all of the others.

  3. Dad4Gracie says:

    Happy Easter to you and your family as well! My girls have been making sure I don’t go hungry, and we have been fortunate enough to find plenty of organic veggies at our local grocery store, particularly Rainbow Swiss chard which they especially like. So far, no rainbow-colored eggs though!

  4. citymama says:

    I can’t believe it’s been 11 years! The flock looks healthy and happy. We are missing you two and looking forward to coming to see everyone! SOON, I hope! HAPPY EASTER! xoxoxo

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