I tried to kill us all yesterday. Not on purpose, of course. I was just being my usual self. We came home from church and started getting ready for lunch. The chicken was ready in the crock pot and I made a potato salad Saturday night. All we needed was for me to do the easy task of opening a can of corn, putting it into a pot and turning the burner on, which I thought I did. Silly me, I turned on the front burner that just happened to have my recipe binder on it. Stupid, stupid. About a half second after I realized something smelled like it was burning, the house filled with toxic smoke.
Lunch was served outside a few minutes later than I intended. I like eating outside, except it was very cold and rainy. With windows open and fans running, we decided to go for a drive and visit some friends that we never see anymore. It always takes an emergency to bring friends together... They very kindly opened their home to us for a few hours and even served rhubarb cheese cake.
Look a little closer...
Then I read more. When a hen finally selects a nest site, they lay one egg per day and may keep going until they end up with 20 eggs. During this time, the hen only comes to the nest to lay her egg and then she leaves again. When she is all done with egg laying, she begins to sit and rotate the eggs. Incubation is about 24 days and most chicks hatch toward the end of June. Even though they are "born" on different days, all the chicks will hatch at almost the same time. Isn't that crazy? Twenty kids all at once... she must be crazy.
Given that it is late in the egg laying season, making it perfect to hit that late June hatch date and that she only would visit the nest once per day making it probable for me to miss her, I'm hoping that this is a genuine nest that will be used to hatch out all of the eggs. I don't know why that excites me, but it does. I just hope that my kids handling the eggs won't ruin it. They now know to leave the nest alone for the next week. If it stays the same, we'll know that it is abandoned. If a hen shows up, we'll pretend we don't see her.