Ta da! We finally got an egg out of those
freeloading chickens! Over the last two months we have actually had to buy a couple dozen eggs from the store. Mostly for cakes and cookies because those store-bought things are far from flavorful enough to scramble.
Phew… for a few days there I was starting to worry that I may never see an egg again. Our chickens went through a very hard molt in December so I knew it would be awhile, but it was getting a bit ridiculous. All is well now though.
This is the beginning of the last year on the farm for these hens. After their second egg cycle, a hen’s egg production declines. So, around here, that means you are replaced with someone who will produce. In the summer we will purchase chicks and grow them out to replace our current hens– who will end up in the freezer at the end of fall before their molt. We don’t call them “old hens” around here. We call them “slow cooked”.