Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Our Happy Hens are providing enough gorgeous eggs for us to share! We're selling them for: $3/beautiful dozen

We got our own egg cartons from
After much research, I found their site to be the most reasonable.
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Come and get 'em... YUM!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Green Eggs & Ham...

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the color green in almost any shade. So it should come as no surprise that the first few green eggs our girls have laid have been favorites of mine.

The kids think they are pretty neat-O! I'm thinking of having a green eggs & ham breakfast with the kids and some of our green eggs. We can snuggle up and read the book, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, and then make our own... A touch of green food coloring added to the egg whites would jazz up the inside! If you ever get the hankerin' to throw your own Green Eggs and Ham breakfast bash, let me know and I'd be happy to set aside a dozen or so green eggs for you and yours!

The most eggs our girls have laid in one day....ELEVEN (including 2 gorgeous greens)!!!

I can't get enough of all the beautful shades of brown and green along with the various shapes and sizes. Just like snowflakes, there are never two eggs exactly alike!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Our 1st Fifteen...

I planned to post a picture of our first dozen, but the girls surpassed a dozen in one day bringing it to a total of 15 (December 14th). I didn't have the heart to exclude 13,14 & 15, so here they are...

I accidentally dropped 15 on the counter, breaking it. Here's the beauty within 15...notice how dark the yolk is and how firm the white. This is one of the remarkable differences between a farm fresh egg and a factory farm egg. Once I get my hands on a factory farm egg, I'll do a side by side comparison for you! I ate this one for lunch that day and it was delicious!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Take Two!

We were pleasantly surprised today to find another egg and a half!

I say half because one of the eggs didn't have a shell. It was just the inner membrane, egg white (albumin) & yolk. This often occurs in young laying hens at the onset of their laying cycle and is no cause for concern. If shell-less eggs continued to appear after the hens have been laying for awhile, it could be an indication that there is a calcium deficiency. We free-choice oyster shell, which is one of the best calcium supplements for hens. They will regulate what they need on their own, so no need to mix it in their feed. For now, we're chalking this one up to inexperience!

Connor loves to hold the eggs his "chickies" give him. I have to remind him to be gentle because he gets very excited. He is proud of this egg...just like his Mama! How ironic is it that he happens to be wearing a shirt that says Crusher?!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's Arrived!

Our very first egg was nestled in a perfectly formed straw nest this evening when we got home!

The falling snow and the drift outside our back door weren't enough to deter me from practically sprinting to the coop to check for the egg that had to appear any day now. I approached the ladies from the front door and greeted them as always before shutting the door for the evening. They were talkative and curious as usual. I then went around back to check the egg door and talk some more. I've been asking the girls daily who planned to lay the first egg for me...

My eyes must have been as wide as the eyes of a 4 year-old on Christmas morning when I saw what one of the ladies had left for me. I swear there was a halo of light surrounding this egg. Scooping it up, I thanked the girls, closed the door and ran for the house. Thankfully, the clutz in me managed to avoid falling face first in the snow, crushing the egg...whew! I flung the door open and yelled...WHOOO HOOO, we got our 1st egg! While everyone was excited, I'm certain no one was as exhilarated as I...

I couldn't figure out exactly who laid it because the egg had been left to fend for itself. Judging by the color, I'm pretty positive it belongs to one of our Barred Plymouths or maybe an Australorp. This egg is small as is to be expected from all first eggs, but I'll take it! It's really amazing how clean eggs come out. All I had to do was run it under some water and voila...perfection!

Needless to say, it's been an exciting evening on Wiedenhoeft Mountain. I have banned anyone from cracking this egg, at least for now. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Egg In The Hole (or Star) !!!

I've seen others make this yet I'm always surprised how many people have never heard of it! It's everything eggs and toast should be...simply delicious!

What you'll need:

Farm Fresh Eggs
A Cookie/Biscuit Cutter

First, pull out your farm fresh eggs. These are the eggs I've been purchasing from the grocery for $4/dozen since I saw that horrific video I showed you in my very first Happy Hen post while waiting for my happy hens to start making eggs for me!

Aren't they lovely?

Use your cookie cutter to cut out the centers of your bread slices...

Warm up your fry pan and drop a hunk of real butter in that baby...

Slap your beautiful bread creation down over that butter...

Crack your egg down in that hole.... I always find myself wanting to shout, "Egg in the hole!" Kinda' like "Fire in the hole!" I'd like to think I'm not the only one.

Add some salt & pepper. Let it sizzle & fry until it's ready to flip...if you've ever cooked an egg, you'll know when. If you haven't cooked an egg, try that first.

FLIP and enjoy the view while the underside is becoming just as scrumptious and golden delicious as the first!

Serve along side some bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, hashbrowns...or whatever you'd like. Enjoy!