Farm fresh eggs.
Those three little words conjure up wholesome images of barns and chickens and kids running around barefoot through the grass to collect them, don’t they?
But my mom has a different image when it comes to farm fresh eggs …
She was one of eight children.
They weren’t country kids. They lived in town, but every summer when she was a young girl she went to live with another family who lived on a farm.
Staying with the farm family meant one less mouth for her parents to feed, and it meant the farm family got an extra pair of hands to help with their own small children and do small jobs around the farm.
One of my mom’s jobs was to collect eggs each day from the chicken coop.
It’s a job most kids would enjoy, but it terrified my mom.
One of the hens was a broody hen who was determined to hatch her eggs, so she wouldn’t leave the nest box.
If my mom tried to make her leave the nest box, the hen would peck her.
My mom had to get creative if she wanted to complete her egg gathering task without injury.
She started using a long stick as a pry bar to lift the hen off the nest box, grab the eggs, and make a run for it.
Poor thing. She was probably relieved when the summer was over and she could return to her house in town where no terrifying hens lived.
Last spring my daughter decided she wanted to raise chickens so she could have her own farm fresh eggs.
We headed to the feed store and she picked out a bunch of adorable little chicks.
We kept them in a large box in our laundry room until they were old enough to live outdoors.
She loves and dotes on them, and in their chicken way, I think they love her too.
When she calls, “chick, chick, chick,” they come running, knowing she’ll reward them with chicken treats.
They eat from her hand, and none of them try to peck her – not even the rooster.
And we are rewarded with the most beautiful and tasty fresh eggs every day – even during the winter.
Mom, I hope next time you come to visit you gather some eggs and hand feed the chickens.
I promise, none of them will peck you! 🙂
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