Wednesday, October 1, 2008

An Egg!


I never knew I could get so much pleasure from admiring an egg. To be fair, this is the first egg from my first chickens so it's extremely special.

It's also extremely small and extremely ordinary in color.

There will be time for larger eggs later.

And time for colored eggs.

But for right now, there is no egg as beautiful as this egg.

23 comments:

  1. oh, I so understand your excitement! It like hitting the lottery...well, okay a million dollars might be alittle better but hey, its the thought that counts:) I have been getting 3-4 eggs a day plus a colored egg thrown in for good measure. I am so happy for you!!

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  2. Congrats! It is so exciting to see those first tiny little eggs :-).

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  3. Oh, us "new chicken people" ALL understand your excitement! I just learned yesterday that we had our first five-egg day - or would have, if Brian hadn't dropped one and then "forgot" to tell us about that. So disappointing, because every single one is a treasure! And as always, your photo is perfect. :-)

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  4. It is beautiful. I know how you feel.

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  5. Egg-squisite perfection.... groan..sorry couldnt resist! No jokes about being Hard Boiled OK? seriously though congratulations!!!lovely photo;
    and may it be the first of many :-)

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  6. Oh yeah...right there with you. I had so much fun finding (and then photographing in every conceivable way with every conceivable prop) my first eggs...it was only 3 months ago and we've gotten over 500 eggs since then! (but I'm still getting that thrill every morning!) :-) enjoy.

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  7. Congrats on your first egg....you'll never forget it! :)

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  8. Well, I've found out the bad part of getting the first egg. Yesterday there was no egg and it was soooooo disappointing.

    Sittin.n.spinnin--My husband tells me I'm going to wear it out holding it and looking at it. Can you wear out an egg???? LOL

    Kristi, I can't wait for another one. Do not see how gathering eggs could ever become a chore!

    Corrine, and tiny it is. I'd say it's just barely an ounce, and not much bigger around than a quarter.

    Michelle, a treasure is JUST what it is! Like I said, I couldn't believe how excited I was. Non-farm people sort of roll their eyes and go "oh...an egg" like it wasn't something SPECTACULAR. Sheesh. :)

    Goatgirl, doesn't it feel wonderful??!!!!

    Farmgirl, you would not believe how many pictures I took of it and in how many different ways. Husband said he wished I'd take half as many pictures of the horses...told him when they lay an egg, I will. LOL!

    Val--OUCH! (you passed on egg-cellent? LOL!)

    We are putting lights in the chicken house this weekend so (fingers crossed) there will be a lot more.

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  9. That is one of the most exquisite eggs I have ever seen. It's just beautiful!

    Congrats!!! :)

    ~Lisa

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  10. Beautiful picture. Silver egg cup and all ! I completely understand your excitement( eggcitement). After all these years of gathering eggs, I still do not tire of gathering eggs. Even if it is wet and yucky outside...to gather warm eggs out of the nest boxes...mmmmm, kind of like the excitement of an Easter egg hunt every day ! Thank-you, KathyB.

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  11. We haven't set up a light yet; need to get a timer that works with the utility extension cord. The girls are still laying nicely regardless, but we can't count on that continuing as the days get shorter, I guess.

    Nope, can't see that collecting eggs will ever get old. And it's so cool to actually WATCH the eggs getting laid! (Boy, that sounds bad.) I always thought that hens pushed them out while sitting, but they sit for awhile and then stand up to push them out. (Again, not something most people would care to hear about!)

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  12. wow! that is a beautiful egg. congratulations.

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  13. OH congrats on the egg! I know your thrilled! Are the leaves starting to turn up there yet? I want to take Mom back up there sometime this month...but I want the leaves to be in full color...if you don't mind to send me a little comment or email when things are colorful...I know you are one busy gal...so if you forget that's okay. hope you have a great weekend! nancy

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  14. and such a beautiful little egg it is too :)

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  15. It is a beautiful egg and I was as excited as you were when our chickens first started laying.
    Now we are having omlets, egg salad sandwiches, boiled eggs, and egg everything else. Even BoDog gets some scrambled eggs for breakfast.
    You are right, there will be bigger and more eggs to come.

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  16. What a coincidence that I should find this post on my first visit (via the BB widget). We've just started keeping chickens too, and are eagerly awaiting our first-egg day. Congratulations! It is a fine-looking sample.

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  17. Michelle, I never knew that the hens laid standing up! Really interesting.

    Kathy, I swear I'm going to wear out the door to the hen house checking for eggs. And when there's one in there...HURRAY!

    Lisa, thank you so much. I do believe it's beautiful, but then again, I may be just a wee bit prejudiced? You think? LOL!

    Leigh, thanks so much for the visit. The one thing I can tell you is no matter how great you think it'll be to find that first egg, it's MUCH Greater! (OK...maybe I'm just weird, huh?)

    Nancy, left a message for you on your blog. Hoping we get some color this year, but the drought :(

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  18. I've been keeping chickens for 16 years now (I still have my very first egg, all blown out, in my china cabinet) :) Every time I go in to collect the eggs I take the time to admire each one, even the not so perfect ones have their own beauty.

    I used to keep my hens under lights but then decided that they needed a break... and hopefully it will lengthen their lives, productive and otherwise, too.

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  19. Wandered over from the Black Box, only to discover we have blog friends in common.

    Congratulations on the first egg. They are, indeed, very special!

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  20. I adore eggs and that is a great photo.

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  21. Hello there! Found my way here from Life on a Southern Farm's blogroll. I'm a fellow Tennessean (Knoxville) and grew up with chickens, so this post made me feel right at home.

    Let us know when you find the next one!

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  22. Congratulations. Nothing has been as rewarding for us as raising our own eggs. I will never go back to store bought eggs. We keep adding new poults to our henhouse to assure we will continue to have yummy eggs. Stop by our farm for a visit...
    www.beehavenacres.blogspot.com

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