Eggs in a Basket

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Yup. Eggs in a basket. I’m feeling quite literal today.

When I first got my chickens, before they even sprouted real feathers, I knew once they started laying eggs I was going to present each of my neighbours and family members with a beautiful basket of eggs. Something that would say “Thank you for being such a good neighbour. Thank you for being my friend.  Thank you for not ratting to the cops about the coop full of livestock in my backyard which may or not be legal.

I don’t really have anything to be worried about.  Most of my neighbours have one thing or another that they’re doing that’s illegal.  There’s the recording studio across the street, the addition built too close to my property line  and of course there’s the house built entirely out of human bones.  So if anyone were to rat on me, I could just rat back.

Even so.  I figured it was  probably best to keeping the peace over my illegal ranching with some eggs,  a wicker basket and a bow.  Like Mahatma Martha with a little Clint Eastwood thrown in for good measure.  A goodwill badass basically.

Then a few weeks ago I happened to mention to one of my neighbours that I was getting eggs now and had scrambled eggs that morning with them.  She hugged her toddler closer to her thigh, made a squinchy face and said something that was very close to “ick”.  So scratch  her off the list.

I told my mother the story and she made a barfing sound.  Like blechhhhh, only with more gurgles.  I thought this indicated she thought my neighbour was disgusting. As it turns out, she thinks my eggs are disgusting.  She’s grossed out by them too.  This is a woman who doesn’t think food has gone bad until it starts to talk back to her.

Then my sister, the one who helped me build the coop also dissed me and my eggs.  I gave her a basket like the one you see here for helping me with the chicken coop.  She LOVED the presentation.  She gushed over how great the eggs looked and the little sprig of thyme, but when I asked her a few days later how the eggs tasted there was a long pause and then she mumbled something inaudible.  Huh?  What was that?   She fed them to unsuspecting children.

Back up the Zoloft truck, yet another person who has backyardeggophobia.

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There are plenty of other neighbours who have specifically asked if they could try the eggs.  They’re excited about them. And even the fella, who was a bit leery of the eggs at first now eats them almost every day.

But a LOT of people have the same reaction as my family and neighbour.

They’re weirded out by an egg that doesn’t come from the cooler in a grocery store.

So out of curiosity … does the thought of eating these eggs gross you out?

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Don’t worry about offending me with your answer.  Chances are I wasn’t going to send you eggs anyway.  Plus, if you’re not offended by my Frozen Yogourt Tampon post, how could I be offended by your honest opinion on eggs?



  1. Cathy P says:

    It’s education. If they only knew what how the eggs in the grocery store came to be! And how “old” they are compared to your eggs! I scout out eggs from people in our town (who sell them at end of their driveway). Sometimes they’re in the box all covered in mud & muck. I don’t care…I’ll do the cleaning. Can’t get any fresher or healthier! You should make a quiche for your skirmy neighbor and watch her reaction..hee hee.

  2. marilyn says:

    hey sista! you know where i live AND where i work…and i LOVE eggs..just sayin

  3. Ann Roberts says:


    No….I would not eat your eggs. I will eat ours!! I love the idea that my eggs are from healthy happy hens. The ones from the store are from sad, sick, tired and badly nourished hens.

    But when my daughter was here this summer she turned her nose up at the thought. But both of my wonderful granddaughters thought it was tre cool!

  4. Cowlady/Angela says:

    I’m an animal lover. I get all goofy when it comes to animals, ANY animal. I’ve even been known to say “ah!!!” when watching a snake wrap itself around an object. But……… I’d be proud to eat your chicken’s eggs! So, can I send you my address & get a basket of eggs too? I’ll even send the basket! J/K of course but yes, I would rather eat fresh eggs anyday. Then again, I have had the pleasure of drinking milk straight from the cow. No, really. My Aunt held the glass under the cow & my Uncle squirted it in & it was the BEST milk I ever had! Of course I knew the cows & it was a family farm & it was 50 years ago but still – it was awesome! Moo!

  5. alexandra says:

    People that are leery of backyard eggs make me leery. Where do people think eggs come from? Please, PLEASE show your neighbor, sister, and mother a video of where those white grocery store eggs come from. Hopefully then they’ll hug each one of your layers and make an egg souffle!

  6. Nicole says:

    Oh, wow, if I got a pretty basket of fresh, gorgeous homegrown eggs like this, I’d be over the moon. The only reason I wouldn’t eat those eggs would be because they are so pretty, such stunning, beautiful colours! Martha would be very proud. You make me want to have hens so badly, but we back onto a golf course which also doubles as a coyote residence…

  7. Brenda says:

    Love fresh eggs from backyard chickens, nothing better…it is a big controversy here on PEI, you cannot use un-inspected eggs for your cookies to sell at the farmers market but you could sell the fresh eggs there if you have fewer than 300 hens[guess 301 or 302’s eggs would be dangerous] fellow closed his B&B after many years because he was not allowed to serve his guests fresh eggs he collects from his hens each morning, can only serve [inspected eggs that are at least 2 weeks old before they hit the grocery store]

  8. Linda McMullan says:

    This brings back memories of something we did that we could never figure out. We had chickens once upon a time (my niece Meg sent you a note about our demented Rooster and the she who turned out to be a he…remember?) and there were three Henny Pennys who had blessed events daily after they grew up. Husband came in with small, green or brown eggs every morning along with the newspaper from the driveway. And we NEVER ATE THEM! We, who eat most anything, felt squeamish about eating our own hen’s eggs, which baffled us. We felt terrible about it – guilty and just embarrassed by ourselves. We never figured it out. So they went back to Mississippi, along with the demented Rooster, who jumped on a dog the minute he got out of the car and got turned into chicken stew. Never did figure that anti-natural egg thing!

  9. Gayla T says:

    Gross me out? Oh, heck no! I’m that person who was really and truely raised on a farm. My DIL has chickens now and her friends are calling her Meredith aka Chicken Lady. I’m just trying to convince myself 66 yo is too old to start another project. I volunteer for animal rescue and have 3 puppy mill rescue dogs living in my kitchen at the moment and I can guarentee you that is too much at age 66. LOL Pack my eggs well when you send them,ok? Thanks

  10. Bev says:

    I would totally eat the eggs! Nothing is worse than wanting a yummy, yummy egg and it tasting like nothing because you don’t know where it was from and how long it took to get to you. Are they worried about pasteurization? (that is what they do to them, or is that milk?) I don’t know – I grew up eating veggies from the veggie patch just dusting them off, so I am sure that I am weird ;)

  11. Giovanna says:

    Yes! My husband belongs to the weird crow that eeeeeches at backyard eggs, worse – since we owned chicken (we had to chose between the dog and the chicken, so the experience did not last long) he does not eat chicken at all any more :(

  12. Diana says:

    My ick factor comes from being too close to the Parent of said egg. I know it’s ridiculous, but just like I couldn’t eat an animal that I had raised, I think I would have trouble eating an egg that I “knew.”

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Frightened of backyard eggs. what’s with that?
    I eat my neighbour’s eggs and I don’t even get a pretty bow, just a reused carton in a cooler at the end of the driveway where there is a little bowl to leave your money for them. Not even refrigerated, shock, horror!!

  14. Anita says:

    Please tell me when a house comes up for sale on your street. I would love fresh eggs from my neighbour. The people who are grossed out by a real fresh yummy delish egg don’t deserve you. They are crack monkies.

  15. Janet says:

    I try to buy my eggs fresh from a chicken farmer in St Eustache, My daughter refuses to get out of the car because it stinks, and she is right, Chicken shit stinks, but hey great compost for your gardens.
    Good luck with your eggs your yorkshire pudding will be overflowing the pans, and chicken shit compost is great, you could sell it,another side line for you

  16. Amy says:

    We eat farm fresh eggs whenever I can get them. They taste sooooo much better! A couple of friends have chickens and occasionally give us some of their eggs. My husband used to work with a lady who had chickens and we bought from her regularly until she switched jobs….sadness.

  17. Cindy Marlow says:

    I was surprised when my friend didn’t want to share in our neighbor’s eggy bounty. Evidently there are some horror stories making the rounds about cracking open a farm-fresh egg and having a half formed chick roll out and yet another about weird specks or whatever in those strange almost orange yolks. In our case I may have propagated the myths because, well, I WANT ALL THE EGGS!

  18. Flora says:

    I would even pay you a good price for those eggs!!!

  19. Amie says:

    Your neighbors are freaks! Organic eggs are the best! Omm nom nom nom….

  20. Sue B. says:

    I would love to be a recipient of that beautiful presentation and enjoy those fresh eggs!! Love that you’re a clucker keeper!!

  21. Robyn says:

    I’d love some of your eggs! Want to bring some over to Australia for me? Please?

  22. No not at all! I’d much rather eat your eggs than grocery store eggs that came from poor chickens caged so tight they can’t stand up, who are kept in the dark all their lives.

    I don’t understand why people are grossed out by this. This is where food comes from – animals and the ground. It does not COME from factories.

    And for all those people who like their clothes / toys / food straight out of a factory so that it’s ‘new and clean’, erm, have they ever been a factory? Specifically a food factory? Because I have, and I’d prefer back yard fresh any day of the week.

  23. Tina says:

    If those people ever visited a commercial egg producer they would be truly “icked” out.

    There really isn’t much one can do with heathens who cannot or do not appreciate the wondrous treasures created by your little hen goddesses.

  24. sheri d says:

    I don’t understand… Why are they grossed out? Are they afraid there might be more bacteria? Is it the lack if chicken anonymity? I’m in the fresh category, but I’ll admit I am curious about this.

  25. jdp says:

    Used to be schkeeved by “fresh” eggs.
    Then my brother kept giving them to me and giving them to me and giving them to me.
    Now I love those chickens and their eggs.
    I still can’t get anyone else in my family to eat them.
    More for me and my brother :)

  26. Renee says:

    I have a friend that insists that bread must be refrigerated, and hates when I keep mine at room temperature, even after I explained to him that if refrigeration would allow stores to keep bread fresh longer, they would refrigerate it there.

    The same friend took some major convinving to eat veggies that came from my backyard garden “where animals can pee on them”.

    Some people just get used to how they think food is ‘supposed’ to be produced/served, and anything else is experimental or yucky. They are in denial about how mass production works, and how yucky THAT is.

    I live in a town where we regularly see large trucks filled with cages of live turkeys on the way to their last stop, so it’s hard to deny where those perfectly-packaged thin-sliced meats come from. Most people just prefer not to know, I guess. Pretty crazy if you ask me.

  27. Maggie says:

    I grew up on a farm too, and we ran into this problem sometimes. Not with neighbors, but with our “cityfolk” relatives. My mom would work all summer in her huge gorgeous garden harvesting and preserving fruits and veggies, and give them out at the holidays along with fresh eggs as presents, only to find out later that they’d never been eaten. I find it odd that people are willing to eat food that’s come from who knows where with who knows what chemicals on/in it instead of taking our (free!) beautiful homegrown food! Keep plugging, Karen. After 20 years and seeing that my parents and I haven’t died, the family’s is finally starting to see how great this kind of food can be!

    Also, do you know yet that you shouldn’t wash the eggs? I know they can look dirty, but there’s a film on the shell that allows they to stay fresh much longer if you don’t wash them.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maggie – Yes I did know about the membrane on the eggs and not washing it off. I found this out after much Googling about whether I need to refrigerate my eggs. What’s your opinion on that? ~ karen

  28. Gillian says:

    I too would eat some of your eggs….but Australia is a bit far for you to send them. For the life of me I can’t figure out WHY anyone would be offended by backyard eggs. Maybe you need to ask them outright.

    Love the presentation of them too. I’ll tie some ribbon around some herbs or a lettuce I’ll present to you in exchange?

  29. cred says:

    I don’t get it. But we had laying hens growing up, so maybe I’m the odd one (although it seems many of your readers are all willing to eat eggs fresh from the coop).

    I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people were bothered by backyard eggs- most people are so conditioned to industrial food, they forget it starts off naturally. Maybe they think that store-bought eggs are pasteurized and that you’re missing some essential sterilizing step in your homegrown process. It just seems strange that your neighbour, mom & sister are grossed out by it. Weird, I think.

  30. Mary says:

    I’d have no problem eating those eggs! Maybe if you could get your chickens to lay eggs with the best-before date stamped on them like the grocery stores sell? Just sayin’.

  31. Leena says:

    I used to be a bit hesitant to eat backyard farm eggs, I have no idea why. The eggs from the store seemed more like food and the backyard eggs like pets :D eventhough not!
    But then I ate eggs from colleague’s backyard farm. She had chickens and quails, she gave eggs to me so many times that I got used to them and don’t feel those are discusting at all anymore.

  32. Christie DeSilva says:

    Though I TOTALLY get it. I mean, I really do, as in, we are going to get hens this spring for eggs, but seriously, it absolutely grosses me out. I will get over it. I must, but yeah…I’d rather not see them dirty and yucky. Sick. Silly I know, but still, it is what it is.

    It’s like my neighbor’s cute newborn baby. Adorable, but I don’t want to see the thing come out of mama and all nasty. Really, I’d rather just kiss the sweet baby’s face AFTER she’s been all cleaned up. ;)

  33. Kitt says:

    I have been delighted to get eggs from my friend Deb’s chickens. They come in the prettiest colors and have such lovely rich yolks. Nothing better than a scrambled or over-easy egg on toast, and I’ll take mine from a backyard chicken any day, with or without a basket and bow (a gorgeous presentation, btw). Your neighbors and family just missing out.

  34. Jacqueline says:

    We’ve always bought eggs from little roadside stands without worrying too much about it. I would be iffy about buying eggs from a discount grocery store, but when I can pretty much see the happy-as-heck chickens from the road? I don’t mind picking up a dozen from a cooler stand that runs on the honour system!

  35. Katie says:

    Backyard eggs are not ick at all! I used to buy them from a friend all the time. In fact, we have an autographed picture of her green-egg-layer, Arizona, on our refrigerator! It’s fun to be able to look at Arizona’s picture every time I’m cooking with her eggs. Makes them taste even better… and WAY more special than store eggs.

  36. Emily J says:

    Really??? Grossed out by fresh eggs??? WTF?!
    I though local and fresh was this big To Do these days. Or is that just us cray cray hippies in SoCal?
    I’m not freaked out by your eggs. I’m admittedly jealous. Mom & I incubated eggs when I was young and raised 5 or 6 happy chickens (with a rooster) for many years. They were Reds.
    I’m fascinated by your blue girl. I didnt even know about blue eggs! *want*

  37. kate says:

    if you were my neighbor i would be down at your house everyday with tomatillos, apples, onions, swiss chard, light bulb squash (the only ones left)and wahtever else i’m growing — fistfuls of herbs — how about some nice fresh bay leaves? — just for a few really fresh eggs!!! — how wonderful they are — we’ll be getting peas in a while and the radishes are coming on strong –

  38. Michelle says:

    Okay – I’ll admit it, I’m not sure I’d be willing to try your backyard eggs(*hangs head in shame*). But please keep in mind I fall squarely into the category of grocery shopper who doesn’t like to think where those gorgeous steaks in the butcher shop came from.
    Maybe if you invited me over and made me some eggs, and only let me know that you ‘grew’ them in your backyard after I’d gobbled them up I’d be a convert ;)

  39. Chelle (@Asheyna) says:

    If I could get away with an illegal coop I’d totally do it. But alas I live in a very tightly controlled complex. Fortunately not far away I have fantastic farmer friends.

  40. Marti says:

    I once sat thru an open meeting between the USDA, the Egg Lobby and the Ctr for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI=Food Police…the ones who made movie popcorn and Chinese food into bad things?) and if those people had heard the reality of how commercial egg producers handle their eggs (basically there is NO requirement for refrigeration in the U.S. No idea on Canada’s food laws) they would sucking up to you.

    Me? I might just make some nice eggnog with your eggs. Seasonal, festival and UNCOOKED.

  41. cheri says:

    I, too, would eat your eggs. Unless it appears that a needle had been inserted into the shell.

    Also, would love to see a picture of your neighbor’s human bone house……you make me laff and laff. I needed that today.

  42. gr8skott says:

    There was one occasion I was leery of backyard eggs. A lady I knew would keep the eggs in one of the crisper drawers in her refrigerator; it was full. She added new eggs to the top. How old were the eggs at the bottom? As long as the eggs are being properly FIFO-ed I would rather have backyard eggs than store bought eggs any day. I’ve read too many horror stories about the age of store eggs and what happens to them before we purchase them.

  43. Steph says:

    I grew up on a farm. The idea of a grocery store egg being preferable to a fresh egg is rather laughable. Obviously these people don’t know what they’re missing.

  44. Lise Rousseau Silva says:

    I’m with Sharon. I eat eggs daily and every which way. Where do people think the eggs in the store come from? And I thought folks in the states were weird about their food. Have you been affected by exposure to our TV waves/shows?

  45. Angela says:

    Ummm, if I’ll eat eggs out of a Japanese vending machine, I’ll eat eggs that were born in your back yard. I’d be especially happy if you presented me with a very colorful and beautiful egg from Cheez Whiz.

  46. Laura says:

    Well, now, I’m just confused. These people prefer eggs from a cooler (hmm, you mean from some poor anonymous chicken and then to the cooler!) rather than a gorgeous presentation of lovely eggs from well-loved chickens they can see, touch and enjoy. Makes absolutely no sense to me. Too bad you don’t live in Crescent Beach (we don’t have any houses made out of bones — that I know of).
    Keep up the good work, Karen
    Cheers, L

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Laura. I’m kind of suspicious that NO one is admitting to being frightened of a backyard egg. I think some of you must be fibbing. ~ karen!

      • Laura says:

        I think you have maby like minded people gathered in this strange little corner of the web. That is a little scary on some levels. Are you thinking about getting a cow soon? Fresh milk is wonderful!

        • Laura says:

          MANY people…need more coffee. please disregard the duplicate post & this one too if you want. ugh. Have a nice day!

      • Alicia says:

        I’m pretty new at raising chickens for eggs and was so excited when I started collecting almost a dozen a day! Far more than my husband and I needed. I too was surprised by how many people had the same reaction as your sister and mom to my eggs. I gave my sister a couple of dozen that were still in her refrigerator when I visited two weeks later. I noticed them as I helped put away groceries which included store bought eggs. Our chickens eat a lot of fresh veggies, grasses and live in a meticulously maintained coop. I don’t get it.

  47. Pam says:

    Honestly no,it would make me feel like I was eating straight from the organic farm. I would be doing backflips to be on your egg list you awsome girl!!

  48. Sheri says:

    As of last week I switched to farm eggs. I was inspired by your blog and realized how bland and flavorless the store bought eggs are. Especially when you showed the double white on a “real” egg. I got a bit Icked out a couple times by something in the egg but am persevering cuz damn do they taste good!! Recently moved back to farm country so may as well take advantage of all the super fresh offerings!! Love your blog!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sheri! I’m so glad I inspired you to eat fresh eggs. By the way … i also eat things like Pop Tarts, so it’s not like I never go to a grocery store for certain somethings. :) ~ karen

  49. Kailee says:

    Do people not realize the eggs so nicely packaged in the grocery store also once popped out of a chickens bum? Chances are your chickens are a lot cleaner than the ones on massive chicken farms too. I’d gladly eat your eggs!

  50. Sharon North says:

    I would love to be your neighbor and eat your chicken eggs! (I buy mine from a local farm.) I could fill a basket with homegrown okra for you. Or if you preferred, some Armenian cucumbers.

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