[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]On Monday, November 9, our tan/buff EE (named Vesper) gave us a lovely olive green egg!!! I noticed in the morning (before we left) that she was in the nest box so we checked when we got home and "sure enough", there it was.
What we noticed (compared with our large white store-bought eggs .... 1. the shell was really hard and thick. 2. slightly smaller in size 3. seemed heavier (perhaps because of the thick shell)

[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]We decided to save it for breakfast, and have it soft boiled (Alex's favorite way of eating eggs). [/FONT]

[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Honestly, we could not say that the colour or the taste were much different. But knowing where the egg comes from and how the hen was treated sure is satisfying.
She was in the nest box the next day also, but before I could collect the egg (I was busy in the garden), she had punctured it and was carrying a very rubbery shell around the pen (the other hens were fighting over it). I will need to watch carefully for the next week or so and make sure to get the eggs as soon as they are laid to ensure that I don't have egg eaters!! (Although it was a very thin, rubbery shell. That's my excuse anyways!!)

[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Wed.... another rubbery egg (I think).
Thursday.... nothing
and Friday.... a double yolker, I think.


Sunday, December 6, 2009
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Our first brown egg from one of the Barnevelder hens ~ Daisy, I think!! She was in the nest box yesterday trying to dig a hole to China!! There are now 3 EE's and one BV laying. Yeah! We are getting on average every second day from the hens. Still 3 BV's and 1 EE left to start.[/FONT]