Birds and eggs

returning egg cartons

Our hens are on their winter break. Not sunning themselves on a beach somewhere. No. More a break from the old nest box. I know, I could keep them laying eggs, but quite honestly, there are only 2 and they’re old. Definitely pensionable age. Commercially, they would have met their maker years ago. With us, they are pets, that lay the odd egg.

walking to collect eggs

This Spring, we will get more birds for our flock, as my growing family consume more than our two old birds can lay. In the meantime, the farm across the lane fills the gap. Two empty egg cartons, a dog on the lead and a chance to blow the cobwebs away.

on way home with eggs

We chatted to the farmer, who stopped his tractor to talk to us. Then on to the farmhouse, where we bought a couple of dozen eggs. Hopefully these will last us the weekend, and there will be some for a spot of baking. When you’re used to collecting eggs from your own chicken coop, it’s hard to imagine buying eggs from a big shop. A walk to the farm makes such a perfect alternative.

filling up the bird table

While wellies were on, we ventured out into the garden to fill up the bird feeders. Judging by the way the little birds flock to our feeders, they’re appreciating the extra food, on these colder days.

filling up the bird food

Eldest does her best to give them variety too. This is very much her project.


 

Linking up with Fiona’s, as ever, inspiring #CountryKids linky. It’s been a while. I need to promise myself to get out more. Even in this less than welcoming weather. Even if it’s just for the everyday activities.

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34 thoughts on “Birds and eggs

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 1:08 am
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    I love that your eldest has the bird feeder as her own project. Lovely photos as always x

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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      She’s doing well. We’re all enjoying spotting the different types of birds that flock to the feeders.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 1:51 am
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    A lovely walk out and how nice to get your eggs from a local farm whilst your hens are having a break from laying. Looks like the birds are being well fed too! #CountryKids

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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      Nice to have a good excuse for a walk.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 1:51 am
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    I would never have thought to put apples in our bird feeder, thanks for the inspirtion. My son is desperate to keep chickens, but I’m a little scared of them. #countrykids

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:37 pm
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      Chickens really are easy. We’ve had dozens and only one was a problem. Stick to the girls. They can be quite sweet.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 2:27 am
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    What a lovely look at your everyday activities. This is the very best of country life. Our birds are also laying less for the winter months and we have barely had enough to go around on the feed run. From next week when we close for January however we will be back on Coombe Mill eggs with enough to feed our family. I love the variety in your bird feeder, I hope you are rewarded with some interesting visitors over the coming months. Thank you for joining me for Country Kids and I hope you will stay with me over the coming weeks, it gets easier each month after January!

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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      Nothing like your own chickens’ eggs. Still warm when you collect them. And you are right. It is the best of country life.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 4:00 am
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    It must be so wonderful to have your own eggs, and to enjoy a walk to a local farm when your own hens are having a rest 🙂 Love the look of that bird feeder, what a great project x #CountryKids

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 4:01 am
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      PS. Happy New Year 🙂

      • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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        Happy New Year to you too!

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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      It is a great feeder. Tickles me when I spot a small bird on each of the levels. Eldest is determined to keep them coming to our garden, ready for the Big Garden Bird watch at the end of the month.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 6:44 am
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    We get our eggs from the chickens at the stables where my daughter rides. In fact one of these chickens is like a special pet for my son – they spend all the time together during my daughter’s riding lessons! Will have to try some apple in our new feeder too.

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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      Sounds lovely that your son has discovered the joy of chickens. They can be so sweet. Nothing like buying fresh eggs from a place you can eye-ball the hen that laid it! 😀

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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    I love it when kids take over responsibility for filling up the bird feeders – Monkey does here too. Happy New Year #CountryKids

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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      It is good, you’re right. I’m sure it’s where a lot of people’s interest in the natural world stems from or begins. Taking responsibility for their bird feeders.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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    I really wish that I have a space for chicken and more plants! Its always nice to get your food at the back of your house! So earth friendly =) #countrykids

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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      Starting to look at my seed packets and it’s making me wish for trays of earth with little seedlings pushing through. Too soon! You are right. Home grown is the best.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    One of the reasons why I want a bigger garden is so that we can also have a few animals like you do! We had a bird-feeder once, but no birds came. Could be because of the dog and cat 😉 Hope the new year brings in more blessings for you and your lovely family #countrykids.

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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      So sad that the birds didn’t come. A friend gave us her feeder, because she had the same problem, except mice had taken over. Wishing you a happy new year too.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 6:33 pm
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    Sounds like a lovely walk, and that you get through a lot of eggs. You’ve nudged me to get out and fill our bird feeder, thanks, so I’ll get onto that tomorrow morning. And I’n not thought of apples before, so will try that.

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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      Feed the birds! Yes! They really will thank you.

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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    Looks like a lovely everyday habit, and a great excuse to get out.

    Embarrassingly, I buy my eggs from the supermarket. There are chickens over at my in-laws, but I’ve never got them from there, and the OH isn’t a big egg eater, otherwise we’d probably do more to get them from there. Even our lodgers next door have their own chickens. It’s just me – I know I’d forget to shut them up in the evenings or kill them off or something!

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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      And you living on a farm! Ah well.You never know. As N gets older, he may get interested in raising a few chooks. 🙂

  • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 10:23 pm
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    I love you have your own eggs, we use a lot of eggs as a family for cooking and baking that I hope one day we can have a space large enough to keep our own hens 🙂 #countrykids

    • Saturday 3 January, 2015 at 11:35 pm
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      Eggs from the back garden is a must for anyone who likes to cook from scratch. Used to have 70 eggs a week from our flock. Made my own cakes, ice cream, pasta, quiches, etc. Hope you find your extra space some day soon.

    • Monday 5 January, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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      Good to get out.

  • Sunday 4 January, 2015 at 1:04 pm
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    We get our eggs from a local farm too! I cannot imagine buying them in the supermarket either can’t remember when I last did!

    • Monday 5 January, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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      Bought a box before Christmas. Disappointed. The yolks were so pale, and the taste was nothing compared to our usual eggs. Can see why my sponge cakes turn out much more yellow than other people’s.

  • Sunday 4 January, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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    Nothing like really fresh eggs… we had chickens when I was young and I still miss being able to get such delicious eggs and where I live now there is no farm shop nearby; shop bought eggs just aren’t the same, not even free range ones 🙁

    Beautiful photos; love the bird feeder with such a lovely selection of yumminess on it… lucky birds 😀

    • Monday 5 January, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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      Oh so true. Paler yolks and less tasty. Best eggs I ever tasted, were from hens that scratched around on a shore line, among the washed up seaweed. Just the memory makes me want to upsticks and move.

  • Monday 5 January, 2015 at 3:50 pm
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    Lovely to see your girlie looking after the wild birds as well as your pet birds. It is always nicer buying eggs locally then using the big supermarkets. They always taste better x
    #countrykids

    • Tuesday 6 January, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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      Couldn’t agree more. Once tasted, it’s never the same.

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