Today is the first day of Spring, and there are signs of it all over our urban homestead. We are back in full egg production! Maude and Florence have been laying steadily for a couple months now. But even our old biddy Pearl decided to hop on the egg band wagon!

We estimate Pearl is about 4-5 years old and she stopped laying altogether last August when she went through her gender crisis. Her first eggs were a long and skinny, but fileld with giant yellow yokes. It’s nice to see her green eggs back in the egg bowl with the brown ones from the other girls.

I recently installed bird netting over the raised vegetable beds, which has been working quite well. I am kicking myself for not doing this three years ago. The leeks have taken off, the arugula has sprouted, and little dots of green are showing all around the garden. The chickens are feeling happy free-ranging all day and they look very healthy.

We have been trying to keep up on all the eggs, making large scrambles and hash. Still, we are giving away maybe a dozen a week. It’s time to dig up all those 12-egg pound cake recipes and out them to use!

Hope you enjoy the first day of Spring and all the excitement of a new gardening year!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson