5 Hens a Laying

by Stefani on 12-August-2008

Well, it is official, and we couldn't be prouder. 

All five of our hens are now laying!

Clutch

Sadie lays the lovely dark brown eggs. Persimmon's are the dainty almost pink ones. Hazel's are white as her feathers. And now, Tiger and Maybelle have contributed their sweet blue/green offerings. 

My oldest boy, resident chicken farmer, is just about to burst from his accomplishment. All of his babies are full fledged hens now. 

Glory!

In celebration, we made an egg casserole for our dinner. 

It was a joint affair, everyone in the kitchen cracking and whisking, shredding and grating and talking over the wonders of "real live recycling machines." In goes strawberry tops and sandwich crusts, out comes dinner. 

Amazing!

Remains of the Day

Our casserole turned out really well. 

So, should you find yourself with an overabundance of eggs, this is the dish for you!

Blue Yonder's Egg Casserole

12 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
salt and pepper to taste (maybe 1 tsp salt and 1/2 pepper)
1/2 stick butter
3 large red potatoes, shredded. (I think we ended up with maybe about 3 cups of shredded potato)
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups of cheese (we used half colby jack and half medium cheddar)

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Whisk eggs together with yogurt and salt and pepper. Mix in half the cheese. Set aside. 
Melt butter in a pan and saute onion and potato until the onions are translucent. Its okay if the potatoes aren't completely cooked.
Pour potato/onion mixture into a greased 13/9 inch pan. 
Pour egg mixture over the potatoes. 
Top with cheese and bake for 25-20 minutes or until set in center and golden on top. 

Enjoy!
YayaOrchid August 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Oh, what a wonderful recipe you share with your readers today! And those eggs are beautiful. I used to have chickens, and the very first egg I collected from one of my Aracaunas I made a very small hole to empty the contents, and proceeded to clean and save as a little memento/relic. I was just so blown away by the beauty of the egg! I think I might still have that egg shell somewhere. How wonderful that your little ones are learning so much from these little critters.

Martina August 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Those colours are gorgeous.

Mary Beth August 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I adore the colors of those eggshells!

Kathi D August 13, 2008 at 12:01 am

I am so jealous! My girls just turned 20 weeks old and every day I give them a pep talk about getting busy and giving me some eggs. They seem to have plenty of time for s#x with the rooster. (Not that it actually takes much time.) Every time I hear a different noise from the chicken yard, I run over to see if it’s an egg-laying noise!

Jules August 13, 2008 at 1:27 am

How wonderful. I’m very proud of your girls… & your boy farmer.

Steph August 13, 2008 at 1:35 am

How exciting for the little farmer! What gorgeous colours the eggs are!

Amy August 13, 2008 at 2:46 am

Wow! I didn’t know you could get blue eggs from a chicken. So pretty!

Teresa August 13, 2008 at 4:16 am

That is too neat! Who knew that chickens layed so many colorful eggs!?!

And your recipe sounds delicious!

elissa August 13, 2008 at 4:58 am

those eggs are beautiful….congrats to all the ladies!

Alexis August 13, 2008 at 5:06 am

Congratulations! Oh, I wish we could keep chickens!

erin August 13, 2008 at 5:06 am

hooray!
what proud parents your boys must be!

The Mommy August 13, 2008 at 5:17 am

Yum! We always have an overabundance of eggs here, as we have 50 chickens! Some we sell, some we giveaway, and some we cook ourselves. It’s wonderful! I especially like knowing exactly where my food is coming from, and having free range chickens that are happy, and not all caged up is so nice.

ms.cleaver August 13, 2008 at 5:50 am

Those eggs are beautiful – how I do wish I had chickens!

kristen August 13, 2008 at 5:51 am

As someone who can’t eat eggs or dairy, I probably won’t be making your casserole but I love your eggs! They are beautiful! Those are the colors that inspire gallons of paint!

jessica August 13, 2008 at 6:09 am

A couple of weeks ago I found a free-range, organic egg farmer in the next town over. I drove immediately to his farm and bought his eggs. Of course, they were too pretty to use right away and I just looked at the varying colors. Then I made an omelet and I was completely converted!!!

Nancy August 13, 2008 at 6:18 am

Our three girls starting laying this summer. And forget about the kids being thrilled! Every day around lunch, I’m all — “Have you checked the laying boxes yet?! Have you checked? Huh? Huh?” Because I love holding those warm eggs in my hand. Completely exciting. And it’s quite satisfying to know that little scrap pile I keep while cooking goes right to our hens. –Nancy in NC

Lynn August 13, 2008 at 6:20 am

Thanks for the recipe. I think I’ll try it. We have fresh eggs in the chicken barn and some potatoes and onions in the garden!

Elizabeth August 13, 2008 at 6:29 am

The recipe sounds delicious, thanks for passing it on! I do wish we could raise chickens but we will have to settle for using farmers market eggs.

Linn August 13, 2008 at 6:47 am

Wow! What an adventure and a lesson in life for you all to share together!

Jade August 13, 2008 at 6:56 am

What a proud day indeed! I can’t believe all of the different colors. What produces that? I’ve always wondered what makes brown eggs brown. I’ve seen a similar recipe using hashbrowns. Thanks Stef! I’ve written it all down.

heather August 13, 2008 at 7:09 am

yay!! i didn’t know chickens lay a single color of eggs only, but i don’t know much about chickens… beautiful colors, enjoy the assortment!

Stephanie August 13, 2008 at 7:12 am

A friend of mine at work has lots of chickens and I’ve been buying eggs from her–all lovely colors like these, and one that lays light brown with dark brown speckles. Some of her chickens reached 2 years old, when apparently they begin laying less, so they were given to her husband’s brother and wife, as no children and they don’t need as many eggs.

Now we’re all eagerly waiting for her 50 new chicks to reach egg-laying age!

Thanks for the recipe–can’t wait to try it!

melissa s. August 13, 2008 at 7:12 am

oh they’re beautiful! congrats to the little farmer!

Sarah August 13, 2008 at 7:21 am

I have an abundance of CSA eggs right now, so I will definately try out this recipe. Thanks!

Regina August 13, 2008 at 7:55 am

Sounds delish – and the eggs are just beautiful! May there be many many many more to come!

melissa August 13, 2008 at 8:18 am

Yum. I’m bookmarking this recipe!
I have a plethora of farm eggs to use in the next week! Maybe I can find potatoes at the market today!

Caroline August 13, 2008 at 9:01 am

Beautiful eggs! We are hoping to get a chicken coop built before winter sets in.

Danielle August 13, 2008 at 9:35 am

Beautiful! I love having a mixed flock for the array of tones in the egg shells. One on my family’s favorite egg recipes is a modified dutch baby; here’s the link to how we do it:

http://dmamma.blogspot.com/2008/02/double-dutch-baby.html

Both of my kids love it, and it puffs up in a very satisfying way. You can also make use of amateur assistants in the mixing.

Aimee Greeblemonkey August 13, 2008 at 9:43 am

I can’t get over the colors! Gorgeous!

luke August 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

wow cool

Lisa Kirker August 13, 2008 at 11:27 am

That is heart warming! It’s so great when our children can learn by doing themselves. (Sort of…the chickens helped of course!) My daughter Ellie and I picked the first of our grape tomatoes last night. She was so excited, I don’t think we made it out of the garden before she gobbled them up. Now she’s waiting for our green bean stalks to get high enough to climb. I can’t bring myself to explain that “Jack and the Beanstalk” is just a story!

– Lisa (http://www.ahappylittlefamily.com)

Hannah August 13, 2008 at 11:57 am

Jealous! We’ve had backyard chickens for 2 years now, and they seem to have gone through menopause, because it’s been a while since we’ve had anything like your beautiful crop of eggs. They hardly lay at all now, but we don’t have the heart to get rid of them.
Great pictures!

Alissa August 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I’m definitely jealous! My hens haven’t started laying yet, and guess what? You know a while back I left a comment about how I was now sure we had all hens? HA! We went away for a week and came back to find that TWO of our own hens are roosters!! Did you send out some weird contagious rooster getting curse? 😛 😀 I know it’s hard to sex chicks, but what are the chances that two out of five would be roosters…must be higher than I realized.

Colleen August 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

I love the colors of the eggs! Funny that those colors are the colors I’ve selected for my bedroom decor! 🙂 I also have an off the wall (um, blog) question for you haha… when you order necklaces from Grean Leaf and Owl is the 6.5 inch chain long enough for you or do you order extenders? I love her jewelry but just can’t decide what to get! Oh the decision is impossible! Blessings!

SpiderWomanKnits August 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Yay!! I am SO excited for you guys! We are checking every day…how old are your ladies? Ours are 4 months old. We will definitely use your recipe when the time comes. Thanks!

Mim August 13, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Oh Congrats! I’m sooo jealous. My chicks are only 10 days old. All Buff Orpington’s only brown eggs I guess. I don’t care, I just can’t wait.

The Homely Animal August 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

The eggs lying in the nest is such a beautiful and natural photo. The simplicity of natural things. Just love it.

http://www.homelyanimal.blogspot.com

Amy August 13, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Once again, this city girl is amazed at your chicken (or should I say hen?) related accomplishments! And thanks for the recipe. It sounds great. I hope it works well with store-bought eggs also!

Kathi D August 13, 2008 at 8:29 pm

I guess my pep talks worked. I had two eggs today!

Bethany August 14, 2008 at 5:31 am

Thanks for the recipe! An easy dish to make and my family loved it! I made it last night.

Casey August 14, 2008 at 5:33 am

Leave it to your hens to lay the most picturesque eggs!

Grace August 14, 2008 at 9:12 am

Yum! And those eggs are so beautiful! I’m not sure if our city allows chickens now — I know that they didn’t about 8 years ago (last I talked to someone about it). But I would LOVE to have my own fresh eggs. Maybe we’ll look into that for next year!

Sarah S. August 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Lovely pictures. We had blue eggs growing up. I always thought they were the prettiest color!

Ellie - Petalplum August 15, 2008 at 3:48 am

What an amazing nest of colour. Beautiful photos – as usual. I love the glistening egg shells as much as the nest of grass.

I have a vague memory that if you feed the egg shells back to the hens that it makes their eggs stronger; but you have to crush the shells into teeny tiny pieces so they don’t know they’re eating shells. (We once had a hen who laid eggs, then crowed like a rooster and then ate her own eggs!). But – maybe check this egg-feeding “fact” before you take it as real truth from me (instead of vague childhood memory).

Baba August 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

We have an over abundance of eggs. I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks!

ariane August 22, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Thanks for posting the recipe! I have a bunch of fresh eggs waiting to be used and guests coming tomorrow for brunch. This sounds perfect!

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