January 26, 2011

Variety


It's amazing how the simplest things can bring a smile to your face on a farm! I was scurrying around yesterday evening after I got home from work, trying to get everyone in the barn fed, given hay and watered before dark. As I went into Dimples stall to add hay to his manger, I am sure my face lit up as I grinned from ear to ear. There in the corner of his stall were two GOOSE eggs in a nest of hay!!


I got my geese last Spring as babies and as they grew it became obvious that I had 2 females and a male. Over the past week, the male has been parading around, hissing at anything and everything that gets close to his ladies and biting at the chickens and goats. Now I know why!

After gathering all the eggs from the barn yesterday, I had quite the variety of eggs!


My Easter basket!


Since these are the first of the geese eggs, I am sure they will get a little larger as "first" eggs are always a little small! It's still a too cold with all the snow on the ground and 10-20 degree temps to let them try to sit and hatch babies but as soon as it's warmer we'll be trying for baby geese!!!



But until then we'll be having


scrambled eggs for breakfast!


YUM!

21 comments:

donna said...

I love your pictures! There is nothing like fresh eggs, especially those you just gathered yourself. Enjoy your day and God bless.

cottageprims said...

Love the hue of the Americana eggs.Warm Blessings!~Amy

texwisgirl said...

Hurray for your layers!!! And Mr. Proud Gander too!

wayside wanderer said...

What a beautiful sight! Yum, indeed.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful eggs! It really is the simple things that can make ya smile :)

Rose H (UK) said...

I LOVE to see a basket of eggs...
Sponge cakes made with goose eggs are just perfection! I'd be baking this afternoon if I were you. (Weigh the egg in its shell and add the same weight of butter and sugar for a perfect mixture).

Cher' Shots said...

I remember that same experience of seeing the 'first' goose eggs. I was grinning too! I miss those days but catch glimpses of my past through reading your posts. Thanks.
'hugs from afar'

Vicki said...

Your geese are beautiful. Your basket of eggs looks nice. I wish I could raise some geese or ducks but I don't have a pond. I will have to stick to chickens!

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Okay Rose H, I need full instructions please! Going to have to try this!

Vicki, I have a pond but the geese don't go to it. I had 5 geese when I started and they found their way to the pond one day. Something got 2 of them that night and the other 3 came back to the barn and have stayed there since then. They dip their heads in all the water buckets and when it's warm I put some water in a kiddie pool for them. I did have ducks but they weren't as smart as the geese. They stayed at the pond and slowly got picked off one by one by predators :(. Once they find the water though there's no getting them back to the barn unless they decide to do it on their own!

Patrice said...

I love all the different kinds of eggs. We used to have a mixed flock and we got all different sizes, shapes, and colors. We have 200+ red hens now and most are the same, except for size. Some chickens are lazy and others are just over-achievers!

LindaG said...

Those goose eggs are huge! Thanks for labeling the eggs for us too. It's neat to know what is responsible for the different sizes. :)

Christine said...

Never turn your back on that gander! I ended up with welts the size of your fist once when I was a kid. Those guys can be MEAN.

Teresa said...

Some of my goose eggs are just huge anymore. If you have a good broody goose, you'll certainly have babies. I think mine were about three years old before they successfully hatched any.

Mike said...

One of our geese is laying too!

Julie Harward said...

I love those big goose eggs...and that sweet little guy waiting for his eggs too :D

Feral Female said...

I`m so glad I found your blog! What lovely geese you have, and what a handsome lad as well!

Ott, A. said...

Just stoppin' by from Everyday Ruralty where she introduced me to your blog. It is adorable and I'm happy to be your newest follower. I love the egg tutorial as I'm sure most people think an egg is an egg and don't realize there are different sizes. Looking forward to more posts from you!!!

Lana said...

Stooping by from Everyday Rurality too! I think we should seriously think about adding some chickens to our farm. I just bought three boxes of 18 in the wake of the blizzard headed our way! We do love our eggs!

I'm a new follower. Patrice interviewed me last week! Your story about your grandma hit a chord with me and mine. I am sorry you lost her so early. I had many more years with mine, but it's been ten years since she passed, and I miss her still. She left me her wedding ring, and we used the diamonds to create mine. Now she goes with me wherever I go!

Look forward to getting to know you more!

Leontien said...

Love the pictures! I had some goose eggs when we were little (our grandma had some goose, chickens and such) and we used to blow them out and keep them in our playroom to play with them!

thanks!
Leontien
www.fourleafcloverdairy.blogspot.com

Rick Kratzke said...

Now that was a big egg.

I wanted to let you know I gave you an award.

http://whitetailwoods.blogspot.com/2011/02/whitetail-woods-receives-stylish.html

Elizabeth, Liz, Lizzy, MOM!! said...

Your pictures made me smile from ear to ear too. I think I need some geese ;)

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