Wow, so much reproductive energy flowing through our home! Yesterday, Isaac (who is in charge of caring for our flock of backyard chickens) discovered that one of our hens had gone broody. She had found an almost inaccessible (to us) spot between the waterfall on our pool and the massive cactus behind it, where she kept laying her eggs and sitting on them in hopes of hatching them. We don't have a rooster, so these eggs would never hatch because they are not fertilized. Issac could see there were eggs under her, but not how many. Because of the cactus, he was unable to get to the hen and take her off her nest, and she was not budging an inch. With some long barbecue tongs, he was able to fish 9 eggs out from under her, but he thought there might be a couple more left that he could not reach.
Today, with the help of my husband who moved some of the cactus out of the way, Isaac was able to get to her. When he picked her up, there were a total of 12 more eggs under her!
We will be using all the eggs. I have read online that fresh eggs can stay good for weeks outside, even in hot weather. It's not summer here yet. I did the freshness check on the eggs by putting them all in a big bowl of water. None of them even remotely were starting to float, but were laying flat on the bottom of the bowl. Which means they are still fresher than most store-bought eggs, which are often 6 weeks old or older.
That being said, I will only use them cooked, not raw in mayonnaise or desserts (I only use eggs that were laid that day for that). Typically, we go through a half dozen eggs per day. Today, I made banana chocolate chip pancakes with 6 of them, and may fry up some more for lunch with some fresh egg noodles. A couple more breakfasts of omelets and French toast, and they will all be gone.
The broody hen seemed out-of-sorts about having lost her nest, but not much. We cannot give her real eggs to hatch because as soon as they hatch, the other hens would peck the chicks to death. I have read that people use fake eggs made from plaster of paris or wood, or stones that are shaped like eggs. Maybe the kids and I will whip up some fake eggs for her today if we get some time.
On a related note, I am 15 weeks pregnant today. The nausea is still lingering, but has been better the last couple of days. Mostly, I cannot well tolerate anything greasy, or simple carbs. Yesterday, someone wearing way too much perfume was in my house for a matter of seconds, and it made me ill for hours afterward.
The fatigue is also still with me - if I don't get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, I don't feel well. But at least, I don't need a nap every single afternoon any more - it was taking away my time to do special school-related projects with the boys during the girls' nap time. Daily green smoothies make such a noticeable difference in how I feel.
I am getting to the point where most of my regular clothes are not fitting well any more, but many of my maternity clothes are still way too baggy. I'm hoping to start seeing my midwife in the next couple of weeks. When it's your 7th pregnancy, those prenatal appointments just don't seem as exciting as the first or second time around. :) Not much they can check for in the very early weeks, anyway. We are now well into being able to check heart tones, so I really need to be going in for an appointment. The first one is a dread because there is always SO MUCH paperwork to fill out. My plan is to meet my midwife at a nice restaurant downtown for that part.
My sweet little girlies are always pretending that they are either pregnant, or just had a baby. Often, I will walk by to find them sitting on the sofa, "nursing" absentmindedly, while looking through a book. As I walked out of the office this morning, I found Becky had made up a little nest on the sofa for herself, four of her dozen babies, and her toy puppy. I love how she always pushes the baby car seat around on top of her shopping cart like I do when I go to the store.
Look at that smile! Someone needs to teach her that staying home with your babies and cuddling them on the sofa whenever you feel like it is the least enjoyable calling for members of the female gender - or so they would have us believe. That's why all these career women go around smiling from ear to ear and happy all day long.
Well, time to get started on lunch and make sure the boys are finishing up their morning school work. Have a nice day everyone!