Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eggcitement and Choices

I grew up around chickens so I know the sounds they make.  When they are just clucking around, when they are afraid and when they have laid an egg.  DH and I were preparing to go to lunch and he made a comment that they were making a lot of noise.  I told him that is not noise that is their sound they make after they lay an egg. 
No this is not one of mine.  My girls are pretty girls!  They are Buff Orpingtons.  Now most chickens produce an egg every 25 hours.  Which means that you should get an egg every other day.  Somehow we end up with an average of about 12 eggs a day from 16 chickens.  Shhh!  Don't ask don't tell.  What makes them such good layers?  May be the Pella window that gives them an outside view, the solar heater, or the new radiator the DH put in their pen to keep them toasty.  The fact they get fresh veggies and fruits on almost a daily basis, as well as some bread.  I don't know but they sure love DH.  They run up to get a pet on the back from him.

These are two of the eggs which we got today.  The girls layed 13 eggs yesterday and 14 eggs today.  DH gathers eggs every day. 

I am sure one of the girls is going to need one of those donuts to sit on after laying this one.  The egg on the right is almost an extra large it weighs in at almost 2 1/4 ounces.  
The egg on the left bottomed out our scale.
Yep that is over 3 ounces.  So we found the regular food scale.


Yep you can see that egg is almost 3 1/4 ounces!  It is huge!

While I blog, I am not much of a joiner.  It is hard for me to join a group, so the fact that I joined the quilt guild last year was quite the stretch.  Most of their quilts are traditional and mine are a bit "out there" when it comes to design choices and colors.  They have a group called "The Bag Ladies".  The premise is that you choose a block and several fabrics, enough that the bag of fabrics can be passed to 9 different ladies.  Every month you make your chosen block from their fabrics, and then pass it on to the next quilter, and whomever has your bag makes their chosen block from your fabrics. 

My dilemma?  I have to choose a 9 inch finished block and I cannot choose.  Part of the problem is that it is hard to find a 9 inch finished block.  What I would love is a Jacob's Ladder block.  Something which is low stress and easy for me to make each month?  What would be your choice? 

13 comments:

PugMom said...

Can't get any easier than a Rail Fence! Ha Ha!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

That is one big egg!!

I am no help with choosing a quilt block. I always Google. ;-)

Carla said...

Wow, that does seem like a large egg. I don't have chickens, but want to have some someday.
Why not Jacob's ladder, if that's what you want to do, you should. Why sweat it? That way if the fabrics aren't what you like, you haven't wasted a lot of time???!!

QuiltSue said...

Why not do a Jacob's Ladder. Of course, there's always a 9-patch, or even a double 9-patch too.

krislovesfabric said...

Go with your fave :) I have always been a churn dash girl. Your ladies are overachievers, ours are too but then they quit laying at about a year old.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Wow, that is some egg LOL. I eat eggs every day, so I might be better off getting chickens (kidding, I have a hard time looking after cats). But I do love the sweeties (both cats and chickens). That little singing chicken video was awesome BTW

Following you on Bloglovin. Can't help with the quilt dilemma, the only quilts I ever sewed were my own pattern. You should go with your first intuition, though, that's always the best option :)

barbara woods said...

Was it a double yolk? I want chickens but we have hawks

Vickie said...

Wow, that is huge and funny about a donut ! I'm like everyone else...do what your comfortable doing. You could do a "Made Fabric" block like Victoria Finley Wolfs' that would blow the traditional quilt ladies minds !

LA Paylor said...

I like so many blocks I don't know what to choose. Maybe a drunkards path, or a paper pieced one that comes out perfectly. Or hexies!!

The chicken story was fascinating.
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Jacob's ladder sounds good. I'm sure you can find one in 9" size. Talk about a large egg....poor chick

Zenia Rene said...

Those are some BIG eggs!!! Nice to meet you! Following via Bloglovin!

Zenia Rene said...

Those are some BIG eggs!!! Nice to meet you! Following via Bloglovin!

Carrie P. said...

I didn't think chickens laid much in hot or cold weather. That is a good size egg.