Getting to see the real thing as I look at my windows into the backyard is indescribable. Of course, I can still look at my wall art and other chicken mementos and feel as if the coop is around an imaginary corner. But, there's also a REAL one right around the corner --- in my BACKYARD!
My sign on the wall that says, "Fresh Eggs" is no longer a wish that I would like to come true. It is a reality for our kitchen. Fresh eggs are indeed available, every day. Granted, the colder weather has taken us from 4-5 eggs laid per day to 3-4 laid per day, but we're still in the Fresh Egg category every day around here.
I love having eggs in the fridge that do not come from the grocery store. At first, I admit, it was difficult to eat an egg that came from the backyard coop...my throat would close up and I had a hard time getting past the REALITY factor of the business end of a chicken laying an egg. I was a typical example of a city person too far removed from the truths of farm life and the source of our available food. Having the authentic thing, chickens, in my backyard soon cured me of my comfortable detachment.
My city-induced mental barrier was short-lived, as soon as I tasted my first few Fresh Eggs, I was hooked. These days, if I had to eat an egg from the grocery store, especially after eating such incredibly fresh eggs for so many months, I think I'd have to do some powerful mental exercises to make myself swallow. I can't even stop to consider all of the other foods that I am swallowing while not REALLY knowing where it came from, other than from the grocery store with a bar code attached. I'm not so comfortable with the blind trust that I've incorporated into my life thus far. The blind trust is beginning to fade.
|My roasted chicken --- chicken purchased from|
the grocery store. I hope to one day have farm fresh
chicken processing so we can eat with complete comfort
of knowing where our food came from.
The weather here in Texas is like a roller-coaster, one day it is cold, the next it is sweltering...I'm sure this confuses the chickens with their egg production. I have no idea. Maybe these warm days will encourage the chickens to squeeze out a few extra eggs that otherwise would not be formed.
And I will keep eating those eggs with delight while trying to not think too hard about the other food I am swallowing from sources personally uknown to me. FDA, don't let me down!