Friday, December 12, 2008

Green eggs and ...

Well, we don't have any ham, but we do have green eggs! Actually, we had a green egg very briefly...

School was on a two hour delay this morning for snow which allowed my daughter time to run up to the chicken coop to check for eggs. This is her new daily dose of excitement here in the country! I was feeding the goats and heard her start yelling for me. It's so slippery up by the chicken coop that I thought she must have fallen and needed help. But no, she was shouting at finding two eggs in the coop and her extreme delight was in finding one of them was green. Now I had hoped for green eggs when we got chickens, but since we got them free from a friend, I figured we would just take what we were given and maybe later pick up some green egg layers. And then when we got brown eggs earlier this week, I figured we would get all brown eggs. I mean all of our hens look just alike and they were all hatched out by the same mother. Go figure, I don't understand it. I'll be posting about this later on BackYard Chickens hoping somebody there will be able to educate me a little on green eggs. (Does Dr. Seuss post there?) So yes, I was excited to see a green egg, but I restrained myself (with effort) from the enthusiastic whoops issuing forth from my oldest offspring.

Where is the green egg now? In Ivy's stomach. That's right, she ate it and declared it delicious and much better than store bought eggs. She immediately wanted to wash it down with goat milk, but the only goat milk we have is in the freezer--leftover from bottle-feeding our babies when we got them. So she didn't get goat milk this morning. Kids...gotta love them.

Now I promise not to turn this into the daily egg chronicles, but it's just so darn exciting to finally get those chickens producing! I do have a story about Green Eggs and Ham if anyone is interested. My mom will just love me for sharing this with everyone.

When I was little, my favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham. I would check it out from the library whenever I could, but it was never available at the book store. Extremely popular and hard to find, I assumed in my small child mind. Years later do I get the whole story. My uncle who was ten years younger than my mom had the same favorite book. She had to read it to him repeatedly until she couldn't stand the book. You see where this is going? Next generation loves said book again, Mom can't stomach another round of Green Eggs and Ham, so it is "sold out" every time we would look for it. I'll leave you to pass your own judgments! Now to redeem herself, she did buy it for my kids, but notice that it wasn't one of the books she kept at her house. She sent it to our house--even for grandkids she couldn't take it! She used the excuse that she finally had bought it for me (in a vain hope that I would quit telling stories about my deprived childhood.)

Well, that was a long post. I've got to get ready now--I'm going to Joann's today! It just keeps getting better and better doesn't it. Green Eggs and Joann's! I succumbed and bought another Bit of Whimsy pattern last night. How could I not? She had an offer that you can have the purchase price of the pattern refunded if you stitch up two bears for a children's charity. So I get to support a nice cause and get a pattern that is adorable.


Lynne December 13, 2008 at 9:23 PM  

That's interesting! Now, I'm not a farm girl, although my grandma always had chickens. Does the food they eat have any affect on the color of their eggs?


Jenny December 14, 2008 at 10:47 PM  

The color of the eggs is completely dependent on genetics. Some chickens even lay eggs so dark brown, they are referred to as chocolate eggers! My green egg laying chicken is what is referred to as an Easter egger.

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I am a thirty-something mother of two girls and a boy ranging from preschool to middle school. My husband and I keep working and reworking on our goal of raising our family healthier. Our house is a constant work under construction--adding on and remodeling. We're happy to have bought our property a few years ago, but as any homeowners know, owning a home just adds to your list of projects and chores because there's always improvements to be made and maintenance to be done. On our burgeoning homestead, we have chickens, guineas, a few goats, and our most recent additions-rabbits.
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