This weekend will be 21 days of sitting for the broody hen in the flower pot. If all has gone well for her that means baby chicks hatching this weekend!! Due to the kerfuffle of her sitting in the favorite spot and other hens squeezing in to lay some eggs, too, she is sitting on 2 dozen eggs. Obviously they will not all hatch. And I’m a bit worried that anything that does hatch will be squished by the extra eggs. We’ll just have to wait and see. I’ll be surprised if nothing hatches because she has been diligent about incubating and also because our roosters are so active with the ladies that I’d bet every egg is fertilized. Here she is when she was sharing:
Our hens are always surprising us with where they lay their eggs. We have 3 nesting boxes in the coop, plus a box in the garage, and the flower pot. And still some of the little ones look for strange little hideaways-a bucket, a bike trailer, the feed barrel.
A couple of days ago we discovered a clutch of eggs in a coiled hose.
If you’ve ever read the picture book Minerva Louise, you’ll know why we immediately started calling these hens Minerva Louise (also, “Hose Hen”) Turns out it wasn’t just a laying place, but the little hen is broody and now sitting on them. This coiled hose was underneath our log storage. The logs are gone, now and so she has no roof. We’re going to put something up, or maybe just a row of logs, so that when it rains she doesn’t get soaked.
So, we might be having a little baby boom! (or not, you just never know.) Also, although the mothers are the grownups of the special breeds we got last year, any chicks born here will be mutts.
I haven’t written about food for a while, so thought I’d share a couple of good dinners recently. Since we have an overabundance of eggs I made a quiche the other night, with mushrooms and zucchini. I like to think quiche is healthy, but really I make a nice flaky pie crust that is in no way healthy. But it makes a delicious dinner!
Earlier in the week I used some special garden fresh ingredients. From the garden this year? No! From the summer when I put up, preserved, and froze lots of things. I had a freezer bag filled with cherry tomatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary. I defrosted it and put chicken thighs in it, baked it, and added feta. Delicious and just as fresh tasting as in the summer.
I have a little of the tomato stuff left which I’m going to serve over polenta.
I was able to serve something from this year’s garden already-asparagus! Just a few spears. I roasted them and added them to a salad with feta. Wonderful! I also like to snap them off in the garden and eat them standing right there. When they are so new and fresh they are very tender and tasty raw.
The garden is going beautifully. The mailbox garden Paul built and I filled with bulbs in the fall has turned out just as I’d hoped-filled with beautiful flowers.
The tulips everywhere are looking great! I haven’t been doing great preparing my vegetable garden, but we have been working on planting grass seed and removing sticks from the yard (yes, belated hurricane cleanup-considering raking it into a bonfire and burning it all?)