The Most Sincere Chicken Egg


We live in a little house on a busy street.  We have two lots so it lives big, but we have neighbors, traffic, and street lights.  There are no chickens allowed in the front yard.  They have a large area in the back yard where they have taken over the swing, the lawn chairs, the outdoor dining area, and the fire pit.  They have a large, comfy coop, dogs to play with, laundry to pull off the line, and the back porch to play on and under.  It’s freakin’ Disneyland for chickens back there.  They seem happy enough and we don’t see them attempting to get out all that often.

Wading through the pumpkin patch yesterday to find the perfect pumpkin to roast, I gingerly sifted through the large spiky leaves, and tall grass.  As I lifted a limb of the choke cherry near a large pumpkin leaf, there lay eighteen beautiful eggs.  I stood there a bit dumbfounded.  ‘Could it be a duck?’ I thought.  Far fetched I am sure.  Farm fetched more like it.  Could it be Leo’s chickens across the street?  Robin eggs?  As my mind raced wildly for an explanation I came to the more realistic conclusion that one of the chickens has been out hoeing around the front yard.  I know who it is.  Sophia.  She is as naughty as she is lovely.  I have seen her running around the side yard a few times but thought I had just caught her.  Apparently she loves pumpkin patches as much as I do!


Doug said, “That’s not the Great Pumpkin!  That’s the Great Chicken Egg!”

(Perhaps a little early for Halloween references, but we feel that It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! is a year round classic that should be quoted at will.  I do hope you will indulge your inner child and watch it!)

8 thoughts on “The Most Sincere Chicken Egg

  1. The moment I saw the title, I smiled: “The Most Sincere Chicken Egg.” I immediately recognized the “Great Pumpkin” reference. And I know about your pumpkin patch and your chickens, and your love for Fall and Halloween. When you live the way you do, you never know what wonders you’ll find when you turn back a leaf. Thanks for always putting a smile on my face. 🙂

  2. I am not trying to sound like an expert, but there’s something fishy about 18 un-noticed eggs. First of all, after going through your posts to find out who Sophia is, I found out she is an Araucana (right). Um, in 13 years in the hatchery business and handing several hundred thousand Araucana eggs, I have seen very few white eggs. The only other white egg layers you mentioned were the two Polish… They aren’t the type to go “steal a nest” somewhere (I have no clue why the old timers call it that). Araucanas, on the other hand, would definitely do it… and they do go broody. But that’s a lot of eggs for one chicken to lay before she goes broody. Plus hey are white. Not to say that Araucanas “can’t” lay white eggs, and I am sure you know better than me who’s eggs they are. Ducks WILL steal their nest out, lay LOTS of eggs in it, and they are white. But duck eggs are bigger and a different shape than chicken eggs. Remember, if you sit eggs to hatch, chicken eggs take 21 days, ducks take 28.

    1. There are no ducks around here. And upon closer inspection the eggs are blue. My neighbor confirmed which two Araucanas were getting out. (the ones they have been chasing back into the back yard unbeknownst to me!)

  3. What a nice discovery. You probably know this, but you can put them in water to see if they’re still fresh. They keep a long time. If they stay on the bottom, they’re fine. If they float, don’t eat them. If they tilt upward, like they’re trying to float, eat those first. 🙂

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