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Egg-citing Times on the Farm

9 September, 2023  |  Chickens, Eggs, Farm, Farmlife, Free Range, Happy Hens, Pasture Raised, Spring

As the seasons change and the days grow longer, there's something egg-citing happening on our farm. Our lovely heritage hens are just coming into lay, and we are all bursting with anticipation.

Before we dive into the egg-laying adventure, let's take a moment to appreciate our wonderful hens. They come in various heritage breeds, each with its unique characteristics, personalities, and egg-laying habits. We've got Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, and some adorable Araucanas that lay those beautiful blue-green eggs. Our white leghorns are still being raised.

One of the most thrilling moments on the farm is when we start to notice the signs that our hens are gearing up to lay eggs. It's like watching nature's clockwork in motion. As our hens mature, they begin to squat down when approached. This is a sign that they are preparing to lay. It's almost as if they're saying, "I'm ready!" The combs and wattles, those fleshy protuberances on a chicken's head and neck, become more vibrant and redder as they near the laying stage. It's like a visual indicator of their readiness. The Araucanas don't have red combs or wattles. The hens are also showing a keen interest in nesting boxes, making little nests, and sometimes even sitting in them. They're testing out potential egg-laying spots. If you listen carefully, you might hear what's known as the "egg song." It's a cheerful clucking noise hens make after they've laid an egg. It's like their way of announcing their accomplishment!

The egg-laying process starts inside the hen when a yolk is released from her ovary. The yolk travels through the reproductive tract, where it's gradually surrounded by layers of egg white, membranes, and the shell. When the egg is fully formed, the hen will find a cosy spot in a nesting box and lay her egg. It's a delicate process, and hens often take their time to ensure everything is just right. Freshly laid eggs are a true farm treasure.

There's nothing quite like the taste of farm-fresh eggs. They have a richness and depth of flavour that store-bought eggs simply can't match. Plus, you have the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food comes from and that your hens are happy and well-cared for.

As our hens come into lay, it's a time of excitement and anticipation on our farm. We get to enjoy the delightful reward of fresh, delicious eggs. It's a reminder of the beauty of nature and the joy that can be found in even the simplest aspects of farm life.

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