It’s nice to think that although we’re in the middle of the dark and the cold of winter, warmer and brighter days will come again. One of the key dates each year is the winter solstice, when the days start getting longer. Another is the first egg of the new year.
Chickens stop laying in late autumn when the long nights begin, and they start laying again in the new year when the days have reached a particular length. I had the first egg today from my three chickens – Clarissa, Mabel and Henrietta.
I’ve kept a note of this date for the past three years now, and it is consistently in the last week of January. I now know when I can expect to have eggs again. It may not sound very important, but we’ve grown accustomed to tasty, fresh eggs from our free-range hens. I don’t like having to buy eggs from the supermarket. They’re not the same, believe me.