Why it is so hard to get farm eggs?

May 29, 2013
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It may not seem like a difficult task but we sometimes experience difficulty in getting the eggs from the farm safely into the house.  Sometimes it is due to weather conditions…not enough sunlight hours to promote good laying. Sometimes we have plenty of eggs but the kid carrying in the basket trips over the goat and …well, there goes all the eggs flying into the air before splattering all over the ground. Sometimes we lose eggs to sneaky predators. Mostly, though, it is due to escapee chickens preferring to lay in the 100 acre woods.

Lately, we have been experiencing such egg shortages. Ohh, we have plenty of chickens…plenty.  They over run me with great anxiety at times.  The clucking and flapping and noise…and the pooping on the porch and dust  bathing in my planter pots. Chickens can be just plain bothersome sometimes. When there are no eggs,the chicken becomes even more of a nuisance.

I endure them because of the fine, golden eggs they produce.  Nothing compares to a fresh farm egg from a real farm chicken that has a name like Fluffy Feet and spends her days prancing around here indulging on plenty of bugs, grass and vegetable scraps and annoying the farm wife.  I eat fresh eggs almost every morning. It really is a dreamy breakfast.  I love those country eggs!  So when I go to grab two eggs from the refrigerator and there are no eggs, my whole morning has been ruined …….and it is all the chicken’s fault. 

We have a wonderful genetic in our chicken flock.  It is the “broody” genetic. They all want to be chicken mommies around this time of year.  In past years when we have had roosters, we end up with lots of baby chicks properly incubated by these broody chickens.  That is great except for the fact that we don’t have a rooster around this year.  So they escape from the coop and scatter to make hidden nests in vain.

On this specific morning with zero eggs in the house, the kids came back from the coop empty handed. I met them at the door and sent them back outside to search the farm for the missing eggs.  There has got to be an egg on this farm somewhere! Within minutes, our 8 year old comes running back to the house yelling that there is a huge snake in the barn sitting in one of the chicken nests. Immediately, one of the big boys runs to the barn and soon emerges with a 6 and 1\2 foot black rat snake who had a appetite for fresh farm eggs. Creepy creatures that I am sure should have drown in the great flood.

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By now I am feeling sorry for the poor chickens. How incredibly creepy to wake up to that creature sitting in your nest?

During all the hubbub, the 8 year old walks around the house with happier news. She found 2 dozen good eggs to fill her basket with.

All that…just for breakfast.

9 Responses to Why it is so hard to get farm eggs?

  1. Charity
    June 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    So what breed are your broody hens? Will they let you transfer them to a different nest once they’ve begun setting? Ours are good layers (we love our real eggs) but we wish a few of them would take off some time from that and raise some chicks for us.

    And if I could ask one more question: could you tell me the area in Kentucky of the Guernsey dairy you visited in a 2009 post? We have a Guernsey milk cow and live in south-central Kentucky.

    We also have ten kids on our family :).

  2. Claire Hall
    June 7, 2013 at 3:18 am

    My skin is crawling like you wouldn’t believe. How I loathe snakes. I know, having chickens as well, I will inevitably see one soon and I dread it.

    • BethTN
      June 19, 2013 at 12:41 am

      You and me..both… i hate snakes!!!!

  3. Jay Gallo
    May 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    There’s snakes in Tennessee too?!?? Ish…what next, armadillos?

    • BethTN
      May 30, 2013 at 3:11 am

      We have armadillos! The kids found several babies that were born in the woods. We have also caught several big ones.

  4. May 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Oh my! Since the Fort Worth [Keller] Hall’s keep theirs in a coop, I had no idea chickens were such nuisances! It’s almost comical in my imagination after reading your description. I know farm life has really settled in for y’all when I see these crazy snake pictures. I am certain it would be years and years before I could calm down enough to get a picture of that! And yay for the egg finder!

    • BethTN
      May 30, 2013 at 3:14 am

      Lol!!! Well, ours are supposed to be in the coop….. The guys recaught them tonight and put them up.

    • BethTN
      May 30, 2013 at 3:23 am

      It still takes me a while to calm down after finding a snake…….that is why the boys hide that info from me most of the time:-)

      The day after this, Patrick walked in the house with a little foot long snake …walked up right behind me while I was cooking and said, “Mommy, look at this cute little thing I found!”

      After he scared me out of my skin…I had to remind him never bring snakes, lizards, frogs,bugs….or any other creepy, crawly thing on farm in the house…..mommies do not like that!

      • May 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        Mommies do not like that = understatement of the century 😀