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Losing Loretta

I’ve been losing Loretta almost from the beginning. In her first year, she had a short but spectacular laying season. Her rich, deep brown eggs did not disappoint. But midway through the winter break I saw things had gone awry….

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An egg???

Every day when I trek up to the chicken coop to collect eggs, I chuckle and remind myself that it’s singular. Egg. My Olive Egger, Gigi, provides a green egg almost every day. But Loretta, our Black Copper Marans, hasn’t…

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Difficult decision

Nellie was my favorite chick from day one. I loved cradling her in my palm, and as she grew, she seemed to enjoy snuggling in my lap. Right around the time she started to lay eggs, all of that changed….

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Catching up

A lot has gone down in the last few months. During the summer, I fell ill. Then when my brother came to visit me during my recuperation, he had a heart attack. Suddenly our house was filled with concerned house…

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A green egg!

Exactly two days after we received our first eggs from the girls, today we were greeted with another gift. A green egg. I knew Gigi was holding out. With eggs from Nellie and Loretta, it was easy to do the math….

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Week 19: We have eggs!!!

Two eggs in one day? That’s how our first special delivery arrived this evening. As soon and Matt and I got home from work, I went out back for my daily egg check. I wasn’t really expecting anything; the last…

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Week 17: Prepping for eggs!

Tonight, Loretta squatted for me! In chicken-speak, this means she’ll be laying eggs in the next week or so. For some reason, she wouldn’t come out of the coop today. Normally she’s the first one barging through the door. But…

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