Gertrude McCluck: Chicken in Charge from the April/May, 2009 issue of Backyard Poultry
Hello, Poultry Pals!
April Fool’s Day is here and that can only mean one thing: time to put clear plastic wrap over the nesting box. One hen runs into it every year! If laughter is food for the soul, then we have quite a banquet on Gerny Acres. Last year I slipped a gold painted rock into Gloria Goose’s nest. She bragged all day how she’d laid a golden egg. If only it had been – we could’ve used the scratch! If you’re short on laughs or foolishness, spend some time with your chickens. With our funny habits and bird brains, we’re always good for a chuckle.
Keep your comb clean, Gertrude McCluck, C.I.C.
“Get your beak off my egg!”
I arrived at the nesting boxes in time to see Babs flapping her wings in an attempt to separate a Mallard duck and Ameraucana hen. Some prankster played an April Fool’s joke and left the gate open. The ducks invade the chicken yard. As usual, one nesting box had become the hot spot to deposit an egg.
“Hop down here, you two.”
Lucky for me they did. “What’s the problem, Ms. Duck? And please speak slowly, I’m not fluent in Duckish.”
The Mallard duck waddled closer and said, “Quack-quack-open box-quack-lay egg-quackie hen-quack-pecking me-quack-quack.”
“Liar!” Meri shouted.
“Calm down, Meri. Now it’s your turn.”
The Ameraucana pushed her chest out and began, “I laid my signature green egg this morning. I left for a quick trot past the food bin and returned to find this quack in my box. She kept pushing the green egg under her body and acting like it was hers. I know for a fact I’m the only chicken on this farm who produces the amazing pale green beauties.”
I pulled out my trusty spyglass and peeked into the nesting box. Two green eggs, one larger than the other, lay in the box.
My bird brain computed the facts. Rattle, rattle, buzz…ding! I solved the case.
“I know who the eggs belong to.”
Who had produced the green eggs?
(Answer in Answer Box at bottom of the page)
In 2007, more than 90.6 billion eggs were produced in the United States.
Iowa takes the honor of producing the most eggs of any state.
On average, every person in America ate 254 eggs last year. Make mine over easy!
(Source: American Egg Board)