Easter Eggs, somewhat scrambled

10 Apr

We went away for the Easter long weekend. We attended the Katoomba Easter Convention, and stayed with some lovely friends in a beautiful cozy house.

Attending the convention for the past 2 years has been a wonderful way to celebrate Easter – reflecting on God’s love for us in sending his Son to die in our place. I feel refreshed and encouraged. The kids had their fair share of chocolate, but it’s good to take the focus away from eggs and bunnies.

Back at home we left the chooks with plenty of food and filled many large tubs of water. After that we just locked them in the coop and hoped for the best. We arrived home late last night after being away since Thursday, and I sent P out immedately to check on the girls. The first thing he noticed was that the coop door was open. Not a good sign, but they appeared to all be fine and accounted for.

So this morning Little D and I went out to collect the eggs. 15 all up, so I think we must have a third layer (at least). Unfortunately 15 eggs in a basket was a bit much for Little D to handle reliably, so a couple ended up cracked by over-enthusiasm. I guess they will have to go into dinner somehow.

There is very little consistency in the size of the eggs. The new layers are producing small eggs in the realms of 45 grams, and someone is producing 80 gram whoppers. The 80 gram eggs do not even fit in cartons properly.

And this afternoon D left the back screen door open. The chooks are so sociable that they actually run to get in when given the opportunity.

I thought I heard some brocking a little bit closer than normal and I turned around to see this sight. The difficult job is herding them out again without them pooing on the floor.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I have a lot of posts and comments to catch up on.

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13 Responses to “Easter Eggs, somewhat scrambled”

  1. Robyn April 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    You know, if you need ‘chicken sitters’ for a weekend, you could just leave a set of keys with us and I’d pop round and check on the dears… If I drag Albert along, he might just decide that we should get chickens one day too!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Thanks. I really should have asked you, but you know me – last minute L. We only started packing 1/2 hour before we left!

  2. Barbara Good April 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely Easter weekend L. Love the look of the eggs too. I’ve always wondered what I would do with chickens if we had them when we go away. /glad to hear yours were fine when you got home.

  3. Liz April 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    He he – that shot brings back memories, we frequently had livestock in the lounge room when we were kids. Usually chickens but occasionally lambs – fortunately vinyl floors are very forgiving…..

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Hehe – yes, us too 🙂 We had a diamond python in the lounge room once that Dad brought home, hoping to convince Mum to let us keep as a pet. It lasted about an hour – the amount of time before it bit him. Us kids thought it was so cool…

  4. Daphne April 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    To me that is the main reason we don’t have chickens. No not because they might get into the house. But because I’d have to do something with them when I left. Or I’d worry about them the whole time.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      There are options! Don’t let that stop you from getting chickens – they are the best!

    • Robyn April 11, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Yeah, my husband is the same. He’s not keen on pets of any type simply because he likes going away on holidays and doesn’t want the hassle of getting any kind of ‘pet’ looked after. I’ll just have to move next door to L and we can take care of each other’s pets and gardens!

      • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

        Sadly the lady 3 doors up died last week, so I suspect there *will* be a house for sale on our street sometime soon.

  5. Lilian April 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Ooo – we normally go to KEC but this year was our church’s big House Party (held every 4 years) so we didn’t make it up there. We’ll be there next year. We have our friendly neighbour chicken sit for us – he just makes sure they are locked in at night and fed in the morning.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

      We’ll be there next year too Lilian, all going to plan. I’d love to meet you in person.

      You really missed out this year unfortunately – no big names, but the talks were amazing. So inspiring and incredibly practical. If you can get a copy of the talks on CD they are really worthwhile – I found the Sunday talk by Bryan Chappell on Grace particularly moving and the Monday talk by Jonny Gibson on humility extremely insightful.

  6. sydfoodie April 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Our ducks used to sneak into the kitchen all the time. Their favourite thing to hunt out was pelletised rat poison. I think they thought it was wheat. It never did them any harm!

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