So, I'm sitting here at my desk, working away, when I hear a loud continuous squawking from the backyard. I knew from my compadre La Gringa's blogicito that when a chicken lays an egg, she trumpets the news. This sure sounded like trumpeting to me! I ran out to the backyard and found Lucy* sneaking out from behind the old coop (where it's dark). I looked and here's what I saw (click on photo to make it larger):
Wow, TWO eggs. Oh, man, I was so excited. As was Lucy! She was holding out her wings and strutting around, still squawking loudly. I almost feel bad for taking the eggs.
I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but, when I picked up the eggs, you could see where she had dug a little nest. All of us were out in the backyard by this point, so we started looking around for other nests and more eggs. We found one other nest, but no more eggs.
So, two eggs! One warm, fresh out of the oven, the other cold. You know, I remember yesterday hearing a big squawking commotion but I was all wrapped up in something (putting up a new anti-war tshirt) and didn't go investigate. I can hardly believe I missed the first egg!!!
But, no matter, today we have huevos [WAY-vos]! Delicious, fresh, high-in-Omega-3s (because they eat kefir everyday) huevos! Of course, Hal couldn't resist pointing how these were $85 an egg eggs. No matter. The rest are free.
*I knew it was Lucy because she's the biggest of the two brown hens. Eva is the other brown hen, and Ethel is the darkest brown hen. I knew you were wondering.
Congratulations!! I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the world’s most expensive eggs. I was starting to wonder if there was a non-laying chicken strain in Costa Rica. Hope you get to have the next ones!
We hope Lucy recovered nicely and shows the others how. Maybe if you leave some eggs in the coop nest to show them?
We can just imagine the excitement at the O’Boyle Homestead! We have been waiting to hear this news!
Can’t believe you cooked them and ate them! I may have to give up eggs when I move to CR.
Thank you, Mary Lynn. I was getting a little worried myself!
Yes, R&R, it was a thrilling day, no question. Give up eggs? You’ll be living on eggs!!! And tilapia. You’ll see… it’s a great life.
Way to go chicken whisperer!
How wonderful! I’m sitting in the middle of a blizzard here in Toronto so the image of those long awaited brown eggs sitting in her own little nest was very warmly received this morning. Thanks
What I love most about Costa Rica…how easily amused we become. How much pleasure 2 eggs can bring into the life of a family. The simplest occurrences delight us for hours if not days. The path of Zen mastery begins in Costa Rica. Thank you for sharing your simple pleasures. Cost of coup-several hundred $$$, cost of 2 eggs $170, cost of joy for everyone sharing in this moment, priceless.
Oh, yeah, I’m easily amused alright! I know exactly what you mean, though. Costa Rica teaches you something about living that you can’t get in the “real world”. It’s slowing down but it’s more than that even. I like it.
Actually, instead of “mazel tov,” my first reaction was, “This is your brain on drugs.”
I am new to your blog but I have fallen in love with your chickens. Keep the updates coming. I am becoming addicted to reading about life in Costa Rica!
I believe I have the most interesting funniest chickens on the planet. Completely lovable!
I think your chickens are just a reflection of you! Your blog is hilarious and I would love to meet you one day. Keep writing.
Hal was just mentioning today how handsome our chickens are. So, I will take that as a compliment! See you in Costa Rica one day… pura vida!
Wow, Sally, eggs at last! But Lucy seems to be like the kid on Christmas morning who likes the box that that great toy came in more than the toy itself.
Here you go and build state-of-the-art, er, -hutch nest boxes and she prefers a simple niche on the ground behind an old coop.
Wonder can you retrain them to use the upscale nest boxes. After all these are Escazú chickens, you know. . . That’s upscale, isn’t it?
Now all three are laying their eggs in the same place: underneath where I built those cool boxes… oh well. delicious eggs!!!
Wow you have a great life over there on costa rica, that two eggs must be very fresh even though you feel sorry when you took it. i think you have to build a good nest for your chickens so you can have so many eggs. 🙂
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