So I have you tell you, I’ve got a bunch of ladies out back in a coup. They are hilarious and full of personality and spend their days walking around in their luxury house. They don’t even know how good they’ve got it!
Over the last several months we’ve been planning out our spring vision of getting a few chickens to lay eggs. So far, it’s been AWESOME! We have 6 ladies and already (only a few weeks in) they are so tame and come to my voice – yup, I feel like an Earth Mama. At first I thought they were coming at my to peck my legs, but it turns out that they just love me and want to hang.
It’s all part of our little Urban-Farm yard and our ability to make the most food at home as possible. Although it’s super trendy to be eating “local” right now, it does feel good to be one step closer to the circle of food that we eat. It’s so easy in today’s society to not know where your food comes from, how it was made/grown, or if it’s even in season and unfortunately, the further we get away from these things, the worse the quality of food we are eating. I’m sure you can all relate the difference between a hot-house tomato in December, to a garden-fresh one in late August – that’s just a completely different experience for our taste buds. Furthermore, there is a certain level of appreciation that comes with seeing how much time it takes to produce that food. One egg/day/chicken – that’s the rate these ladies pump those eggs out BUT it’s only during their best season. So if I want to eat a 3-egg omelet, that’s going to take 3 days at a minimum! Even more, if I think about growing a chicken for it’s meat, that’s so much more time just to get that breast for the BBQ….. I mean I’m not going vegetarian or anything BUT getting closer to my food helps me appreciate it that much more.
After all that ramble, I’m still pretty JACKED about my fresh backyard eggs that I can eat t
he day they are laid = ultimate freshness! There are so many ways to dress those babies up! Poached, fried, boil, chopped, scrambled, soaked into bread for some french toast…… are you hungry yet? They are great for breaky but lately I’m more into them for dinner – so quick and filling. For a little inspiration check out my poached eggs recipe here.
To ladies and the eggs that they produce!