Home Delivery

Since the demise of the cottage-that-sells-eggs at least as a place that sells eggs, we have been buying our eggs from the landlord when they have a surplus – they’re cheap enough and we know that not only are our food miles minimised, but that the hens are happy and free range, having now got the run of the grounds. Just how free range they were became apparent this afternoon:

hidden eggs

It’s a sign of how little gardening I do (well, you know, we’re very Chelsea here) that it’s taken me at least a week – based on the number of eggs and assuming it’s just one rogue hen – to discover this little treasure trove nestling in the flower bed right by our front door (‘she could at least have rapped on the door with her beak to let us know’ the other half said)

After a brief wrestle with my conscience I phoned up the landlord to admit that the mystery of the declining egg production was solved, although the prospect of a free freshly laid egg appearing on our doorstep every morning was rather tempting (food miles? Food yards? I’ll give you food inches…).

found eggs

Meanwhile we get to keep the seven that we found. I think I shall be cracking them open rather cautiously though.

6 Responses to Home Delivery

  1. commuterjohn says:

    I should leave an empty egg box out tonight and see if you can get the eggs in the box tomorrow…. now that would make a magnificent photo!
    * No cheating on staged pictures either!

  2. disgruntled says:

    Even a hen wouldn’t be that stupid

    • commuterjohn says:

      Oh I don’t know, we used to have wild ducks visit us each year and land on our pond but it didn’t stop them knocking on the panel of the back door when they wanted some bread!

  3. Flighty says:

    They’re all a good size. Enjoy! xx

  4. ballsofwool says:

    did you know that, put them in water, and, if they float they’re off, if they sink they’re fresh? top tip from long-time hen-owner.

  5. disgruntled says:

    Cool. Will have to try that. The two I cracked open this evening were fine, anyway

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