We were given a wonderful surprise this new year...
two beautiful turkey eggs...
compliments of Ethel.
Isn't that a lovely egg??
Way to go Ethel!!!
Her first egg was laid out in the yard in front of her house.
Seeing that, Hubbs decided to make her a nest inside her house.
Apparently she liked the idea of a hay nest,
because the very next day I found another egg buried in the hay.
We have decided to remove the eggs for now...
after all, it's rather cold to be raising up a brood of turkey babes at this time of year.
If she is still laying when Spring arrives, we just may let her hatch out her babies.
Yesterday morning we had a turkey egg omelet for breakfast.
Turkey eggs taste like chicken eggs...but have a much tougher shell.
Ethel is not the only one working hard these days.
After a bit of a hiatus, our hens have begun laying again.
Production is not as high as it once had been...but there are more eggs now than
we can use.
We'll be gifting family and friends with eggs whenever possible.
We have had a bit of a problem lately with the hens cannibalizing several eggs daily.
Yesterday, after cleaning out the henhouses and placing new bedding in all of the laying boxes,
I also placed several wooden eggs in the boxes to discourage
our mother cluckers from pecking at fresh eggs.
We'll see if that works.
More on that, later.