Monday, August 16, 2010

She Put All Her Eggs in One Basket

I never thought I'd be blogging about chickens and egg-laying. Seriously.

But I'm easily entertained and the real-life illustration of the common metaphor, "don't put all your eggs in one basket", gave me a good laugh. Well, technically, our chicken didn't put hers in a basket - it was a box.

Egg production at the on-site cackle house has dropped significantly in the last couple of weeks but we attributed it to the heat. I mean, who feels like being productive when sitting in a 100 degree house? In addition, there was one chicken that started brooding over her eggs. We could use a few more hens, so Builderman figured he'd leave her alone and let her sit on her eggs. She had one false start when she moved off the 4 eggs she'd been sitting on after about 2 weeks. (It takes 3 weeks to hatch eggs).

Well, 3 weeks came & went and she was still brooding so Jim decided to check under her and see what was going on. To his surprise, she was sitting on 31 eggs. Thirty One. Apparently, whenever she would leave the nest to get water or something, another chicken would sit down and lay an egg. The whole pile was a mess as there was a broken egg in the mix so Builderman disposed of all of them.

I think chickens are really dumb, so I don't suppose broody hen will learn a lesson. But it was a good reminder for me and gave me a good laugh. And there are actually two morals to this story, the second one being ... Don't count your chickens before they hatch.


sara said...

the things we can learn from a chicken coup! :)

Ballerina Girl said...

though I'm not quite sure I understand what went on there, I do agree with those morals! Look at me and moving back to Brasil...counted my chickens before they hatched, for sure!


Linda Hoye said...

My goodness that is a lot of eggs for her to be sitting on!!

Christine said...

You gave me a good laugh.
I'm sure you didn't feel the same way, at the time. Poor chicken.
So, how many chickens do you have?

My ADHD Me said...

Oh that was funny.
Needed a laugh.
Hope all is well. All doing ok here. Suregery went as well, if not better that doctor expected. Already am taking lass pain meds now than I was before the surgery.

I am trying to get emails caught up ....I know, I know, again.
Anyway, I gave up on old account and now am using the other one
If you do email, drop a note in my comments as I am still not checking it every day, ok not every other day, but I did check one day last week...or was it the week before? hmm focus.
Have a great day!

Elizabeth said...

Nice post! It was pleasure reading your post! Thanks for the share!!