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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

      • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 😉

  14. 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 –

  15. 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*

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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. 😉

  20. 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 😀 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.

  21. 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’.

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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 🙂

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Robyn says:

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

  31. 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!!

  32. Amie says:

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

  33. Flora says:

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!!

  39. 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.”

  40. 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 🙁

  41. 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 😉

  42. 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

  43. 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!

  44. 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]

  45. 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…

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. Karen-

    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!

  49. marilyn says:

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

  50. 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.

  51. susan w says:

    How many eggs are you gathering daily and how quickly are you consuming/gifting them? The people that I knew who had chicken eggs (as opposed to carton eggs) kept them on the counter in pretty baskets, wire holders, etc; said they didn’t need fridge. I think eggs fresh from the #%@*^(@ are lovely. They are the best for poached eggs – not so much for hard boiled.

  52. Amber says:

    I love fresh eggs and have a friend that brings me some from her coop every week. I always thought myself sophisticated for eating local and fresh. I have never even thought to be grossed out by it!

  53. Becca says:

    Fresh eggs are delicious! If I could figure out a way to build a coop and make our yard chicken proof I’d be on it. Alas, two of our neighbours would have a bird. The desire for fresh eggs from my own back yard chickens is tempting but it would probably be safer to move in next to you. Any idea if the bone house owners are taking offers?

  54. blake says:

    So I know these are your loved ones and that they are educated probably very kind people…but are you KIDDING ME? WTH!! fresh eggs are the mecca of breakfast fixins…what we have to go through just to get farm fresh eggs in my little holler is near miracle worthy just for the taste of the best eggs out there. Cook em up for your peeps and let them do a blind tasting and see if they still shiver with disgust over a fresh egg. Sheesh people. I would eat your eggs over store bought any day Karen!
    keep the faith!

  55. Karla says:

    If I was your neighbour I would be at your front door begging for fresh eggs. Being afraid of fresh eggs is weird.

  56. Tara says:

    I love farm fresh eggs! But, I can relate to those who think they are weird – a few years ago my sister let her kids have a pet duck, and they always ate her eggs – and for some reason it totally grossed me out. I tried one and could admit that it tasted the same as a chicken egg but it still was just a yuck idea for me. Weird.

  57. GG says:

    Hi Karen — I too would LOVE home-grown eggs! Spent many a day as a kid on cousin’s farms in SK “Picking eggs” – and then having them for breakfast, lunch, etc!! I look forward to your daily posts — You’re the Best!

  58. Laura says:

    I grew up with eggs from happy chickens…I would certainly accept a basket 🙂 Do you ship??

  59. Where do I sign up?? I can trade asparagus, peppers, mounds of heres, and most recently, scads of roma tomatoes! Yummy.We could combine them and make a killer quiche!

  60. Megan says:

    Wow, I wouldn’t have ever thought to be grossed out by fresh and happy backyard eggs! I want to have my own chickens and eat my own eggs someday 🙂

  61. Amy Schmucker says:

    Oh, I love fresh eggs. My neighbors loved loved loved getting fresh free eggs from me.

  62. Krista says:

    You make me want to buy chickens so I can give people pretty gift baskets full of eggs. I don’t understand why they would think that is gross, unless they just don’t like eggs. People are silly.

  63. maggie says:


    I too eat eggs purchased from the egg lady up the road from me. The eggs are sometimes minutes old and she is just washing them as I get to her farm. I have to order a week or 2 ahead of time as the city folk who come up to their cottages in our neck of the woods buy them by the dozens in fact I take them to mt sister Marilyn who just lives up the road from you. The fresh eggs have wonderful colour and flavour so, you go girl!

  64. Katy says:

    I of course don’t have any problem with eating eggs from my own chooks (or any other garden hens) which is just as well with 40 of the little darlings. It amazes me that some people don’t seem to realise that ALL eggs are expelled through an arse… Once you’ve converted your neighbours just be sure not to mention that it’s the same whole EVERYTHING else comes out of…

    For a real crowd pleasing conversation try mentioning that boy chickens don’t have a penis…

  65. Lisa Firke says:

    Your eggs are wonderful and I’d gladly eat them. As it is, I just have to feast my eyes on the pretty pictures.

  66. Megan says:

    I would totally eat backyard eggs! My aunt in Seattle has a farm, and whenever we go to visit, we get to eat her lovely fresh eggs. I love all the different coloured shells!

    My guess is people might be less grossed out by the idea that they were laid in your backyard than the idea that they haven’t been through the rigorous screening that commercial eggs go through, to make sure none have little abnormalities or have been fertilized or something.

    Random question that this made me think of: do your backyard chickens produce a consistent size of eggs, or are some bigger and some smaller? Does each bird produce a consistent size?

  67. Alicia says:

    Have they *tried* them and don’t like the taste, or are they afraid to try them in the first place?? I’m a bit confused, I would LOVE home laid eggs.. we get all our eggs farm fresh and boy are they way better than the mass produced grocery store eggs — even stuf fyou make, baking etc.. tastes better.

  68. sandra says:

    Looks like I am the first to admit that the thought of backyard eggs kinda makes me gag. Well, ok, eggs in general kinda make me gag, but there’s something about a backyard egg that really pushes the envelope. I suppose if your chickens are properly vaccinated to prevent any type of bacteria or God-awful, limb-losing disease, I might be pursuaded to try one … might … no guarantee.

  69. Maggie says:

    I would totally eat those eggs! I’ve been trying to find anyone local that has fresh eggs in my town!

  70. Shelley says:

    It is astounding how disconnected to food people are these days. It really blows my mind how many people have no idea, or would rather not think about, where their food comes from and what happens before it winds up in the grocery store all neatly packaged, and supposedly safe.
    Store-bought eggs are terrible once you have had fresh, and they come from awful conditions, not to mention who knows how old they are. We are raising chickens ourselves, as do my mother and stepfather. There is really no comparison, people have no idea what they are missing, and all because of some silly disconnected mindset.
    Props to you for raising your own!!

  71. Rosalie Davis says:

    When I was growing up, my mom was always pawning egg cartons on to whoever came by the house. Who doesn’t want a free dozen eggs? If you need it, I have my mom’s recipe for angel food cake using 12 eggs plus the corresponding recipe for jelly roll requiring 12 egg yolks. Maybe it’s 14.

  72. Ashley Vice says:

    I’m not super fond of eggs to begin with, the texture of the yolk just doesn’t do it for me, and that is the only reason I don’t think I would eat those kind of eggs just fried or scrambled.

    I would probably be cool using them for an egg white omelet and I think baking with those rich-looking yolks probably yields unbelievable results, but I don’t think there’s any way I could stomach eating an orange egg yolk.

    But then again, I’m terrible at baking and forever forgetting to eat breakfast. So, what do I know?

    It wouldn’t be the backyard aspect that would shy me away, though.

  73. Katharine says:

    You inspired me to start eating fresh eggs. I grew up with chickens (and hated them! They were noisy and stinky and I didn’t eat eggs- of any origin- at the time.) After seeing your side to side pictures I was sold. If you were my neighbor I’d offer to buy your eggs. Maybe I could get a better deal than the $4.25 doz. down at my neighborhood farmers market. They are worth $.35 a piece though. Yes they are.

  74. Lynn says:

    I would eat them on a boat, I would eat them with a goat(or however that goes). OF COURSE I would choose your eggs over grocery store eggs! Sheesh. Hope your poor little girls aren’t feeling snubbed.

    Beautiful presentation btw Karen!

  75. Deb J. says:

    When I was a teen we lived on a farm in Saskatchewan and my mother kept chickens (plus turkeys and geese – another story). If I could eat eggs from chickens that ate grasshoppers (total ick – so thick you couldn’t walk without being covered – with grasshoppers I mean), I would have no trouble with yours. Plus none of my mom’s were that wonderful Cheez Whiz colour.

  76. Babi Carol says:

    Alas, there is an entire world of folks out there who think hamburger comes from the grocery store! My own 85-year old mother wanted to know what was wrong with my home-grown eggs… the yolks were SO yellow! Had to ‘splain to her that was the way God intended them. I usually sell at work what we get minus what we’re eating. Some people appreciate a good egg. BTW, my son spent time in the UK and said they don’t even refrigerate their eggs. They’re not falling over dead in droves, far as I can tell.

  77. Annio says:

    Perhaps if your neighbors and family who are turning down your eggs knew the appalling conditions under which the chickens that lay grocery store eggs are kept and their cruel treatment they’d change their minds. They are are kept in tiny, tiny cages, never outside. Their beaks are clipped so they can’t peck their neighbors due to the stress of their living conditions. It’s Kafkaesque but true.

  78. Liz S. says:

    I would gladly be your neighbor and accept some yummy eggs. I miss living in the country where everyone had a farm and good food.

  79. taria says:

    your backyard/questionable chicken in the city problem is the same as my sister deals with in San Diego. I miss eating and baking with those wonderful fresh eggs. They are beautiful and good to eat. It is tough to eat those crummy grocery eggs after eating ‘real’ ones.

  80. maggie says:


    Forgot to mention, your neighbours are crazy for negative comments, the wrapping of your gift to them is worth an acceptance with pleasure. Great job Karen now if only I lived back in Fundas.

  81. Gettinby says:

    I’m confused. At first, I thought your neighbor just didn’t like eggs. I’ve met lots of those crazy people, but people don’t like fresh eggs? That’s like saying you don’t like home grown tomatoes! Crazy talk. Just pure crazy talk.

  82. Clare says:

    Karen, I would so eat your eggs! How bizarre, I never imagined anyone would be grossed out by home laid eggs!

    One of my favorite things as a child was to go and stay with my Grandparents, so I could help look after their chickens. They had Rhode Island Reds, which laid beautiful big brown eggs and golden yolks. Yum yum.

    I always thought there was something magical about the whole process and I didn’t gross me out at all. I loved their feathers, and the soft comforting noises they made when they were just hanging out. Loved the cackling they made after they laid, and finding eggs in their boxes.

    My Grandpa always maintained they laid more when I was there.

    Grandpa kept the whole family in eggs, we never had store bought ones. Where do people think the store ones come from? [whispers] A chicken’s butt. Same place. Except it isn’t because personally, I would rather eat an egg that comes from a lovingly raised chicken, than one that comes from a mass produced source, however humane that might be.

    And the thought of battery-produced eggs? Now THAT grosses me out!

  83. I used to have chicken and the coop…well I still have the coop….and we did eat the fresh eggs./they are great to use in a cake……at first my DH would give me the smash face look….but then I would tell him….he had been eating them for a looonnnngggg time……
    Sorry to say….the chickens have left the house!!!! My rooster became so mean…I couldn’t go into the coop w/o him trying to spur me ( and did)….so I let em’ out….then I couldn’t stand the chicken poop on my front porch, cars, fence, house… ….sooo …some southern border people came and took them…..

  84. LR says:

    My theory: most people are so far removed from the production of food that having to think about where their food came from (which, let’s be honest, is a little gross from a certain perspective) is too much for them.

    People like vegetables without any trace of the dirt they were grown in, fruit without any indication that a bug has so much as looked at it, and any animal product to be safely behind plastic or styrofoam. We’d (temporarily, I think) have a lot more vegetarians in the world if everyone had to butcher their own meat.

  85. Christina says:

    What, are people actually afraid of fresh eggs? Is this a thing? Jesus, I had no idea. Blowin’ my mind as always Karen, and keep those eggs for yourself!

  86. Paulina J! says:

    All I have to say is WEIRDOS (with all due respect to your Mom). Don’t they know these are fine quality eggs that they are getting for FREE! I would kill to get eggs from you. They’re healthier and fresh. Do they know what happens with chickens that lay eggs for stores? Guess not.

  87. Teresa says:

    I buy my eggs off the streets of downtown Winnipeg (seriously, my egg farmer happens to work downtown so I meet him outside his building on my lunch to make a deal). I would have no problem eating your eggs, Karen. In fact, I cringe at storebought eggs now. They are so colourless and flat. Yum to local chicken eggs!

  88. Ruth says:

    I don’t get it. What’s with those people? At work, we scrabble and elbow and push to be the first on our egg-lady’s list. I think THAT is normal behaviour.

  89. Luanne says:

    I wish I was your neighbour. I wouldn’t rat you out for having clucking chickens or refuse your generous offering of fresh eggs from healthy well cared for chickens. And, I’m sure you wouldn’t rat me out for having a wind chime. Yes, my neighbour complained.

  90. julie says:

    My chickens just started laying, and they’re the best eggs ever! My sister, however, is entirely unimpressed and grossed-out. Too bad she’s never gonna get cookies/brownies/cakes/ANYTHING made with my perfect and tasty eggies.

  91. JulieB says:

    I would love to have fresh eggs. In the interested of posting objectivity, I have researched getting my own chickens (loosely), my kids’ 4th grade teacher incubated and hatched chicks every year, I live in a college town in a farming region in Illinois, my grandfather became the grocery store butcher after losing a coin-toss with his brother, and I saw a calf being born (breach birth – they had to tie the legs to a post and lean on the rope to finish the job) when I was 10, so I may not be a fair representation of the population in general. I also want my own bees. 😀

  92. Megan says:

    Not only would I LOVE to try some of your eggs, I would love to have my own backyard chickens. Unfortunately I really can’t do it where I live.

    Eggs are the one thing that I would pay big money (relatively speaking) for. That is eggs made from chickens that get to run around and eat bugs etc.

  93. Maggie says:

    Offended or grossed out would never cross my mind! Jealous is a word to describe my thoughts about your eggs and your sweet little fuzzy chickens. Personally, I think you are surrounded by people that are complete nut jobs. They are lucky to have you in their life to give them a little perspective!

  94. Amanda says:

    Before I had my first fresh eggs, I’ll admit I was a little creeped out. They definitely are not a sterile and “clean” feeling as those wrapped in a box in the fridge section at the store. But, once I pulled those first eggs out from under warm chicken rumps and marveled at how unique each one was? Well, then I was still creeped out and stuck them in the fridge. Eventually, I realized I needed to suck it up and eat them, because these precious eggs weren’t going to keep forever. And when I did? SO much better than crappy grocery store eggs. I’m a convert. I’ll eat ’em whenever I can get ’em. I wish I could have a coop!

  95. Jen says:

    Huh. The eggs in the store must come from… what, exactly? I’d have thought they came from chickens laid in someone’s yard, even if that “yard” is a large chicken farm. Apparently, I’ve been wrong about where eggs come from, if your chicken-laid eggs are inedible. But assuming I’m right about how eggs are produced, I’d eat your eggs and brag about it to my neighbors so I can see the illogical squishy faces, too.

  96. How strange. My grandmother had chickens, but no coop. This meant that sometimes when we found the eggs they were a little old, we still ate them and I”m still alive! Though, I did almost die after having one really old egg explode on me once. I pray you never come across such an egg. . .

  97. amber P says:

    I LOVE fresh eggs and prefer them to grocery store eggs. They are so rich and fluffy and creamy. My husband refuses to eat them because they’re not pasteurized.

  98. Jessy says:

    I would love to try a back yard egg but never have. After watching Food Inc I have become more concerned with where my food comes from. And I know now that just because you bought it at a store, doesn’t make it safe to eat (hello cantaloupe, ground beef, ground turkey (although if cooked to the proper temp was perfectly safe)) Unfortunately I don’t know anyone with chickens, and our farmers market is one lonely stand with about 5 types of veggies. I think the safest food is one that the owner is proud of.

  99. Kelly says:

    I would take farm/ranch/backyard fresh, homegrown any day. I too am amazed at how disconnected people have become with where their food originates. I prefer to place my trust in the actual producer than in a long, long line of others involved in the whole food system that is supposedly structured to protect. A well intended program has become more powerful than it was ever meant to. Okay and as I step off the soap box, (sorry) that is the most fabulous picture of the eggs in the basket. It would make a nice print to hang in the kitchen.

  100. Glenda says:

    Heck, I pay extra to get fresh eggs from one of my students. They taste so much better. I’m even kicking around the idea of my own chickens, but I have that crazy german shepard puppy, so I don’t think that would work out well for the chickies.

  101. Molly says:

    Are you kidding? If one of my neighbors showed up with a basket of back yard eggs, I would be THRILLED!

  102. Trissi V. says:

    OMG…you have some weird neighbors. I hit my boss up all the time for fresh eggs in the promise of random baked goods being brought to the office. My favorite are her duck eggs. Last year they were so big and beautiful, I only used them for special dishes…such as my corn bread. She has some young ducks and chickens, so the eggs are smaller right now, but just as tasty.

    Yep…if you were my neighbor you would have to get a restraining order to keep me away from that coop.

  103. Sharmila says:

    We love Fresh eggs do you ship I have a toddler and a teenager…

  104. Nicole says:

    I was a little nervous at first. I wasn’t an egg fan to begin with, and I was worried about how “flavorful” they’d been reported to be. The less flavor the better, I was thinking. Plus the shells were a little dirty–was that okay? But I loved the idea of backyard chickens and my doctor told me to eat more eggs, so when they neighbors bring me some from their chickens I make a big ol’ veggie and egg scramble. They taste fine! Not too “eggy.”

  105. Valerie says:

    I recommend the 2008 book ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE by Barbara Kingsolver to those who are supportive of home grown eggs and produce.

  106. Annie says:

    I love farm fresh eggs! I hope to have a home where I can have chickens one day!

  107. Jody says:

    Fresh eggs are wonderful but the smell of chickens make me gag. Sorry, your chickens like very nice girls.

  108. Blue says:



    Totally bonkers.

  109. Sara says:

    My husband and I got married in college. He worked at a church and we both pieced together whatever odd jobs we could to coordinate with our college schedule to make ends meet. Things were tight. One of the families from our church would bring us HUGE baskets of fresh eggs from their hens each week because their children liked the fun of raising the chickens but didn’t like eating the eggs. The eggs were lovely shades of brown, green and blue. We were thrilled! As I think back on those days, I’m more amazed by the gift now. The prices we would pay for those same eggs at our local farmer’s market – wow! It was a very nice gift, indeed!

  110. Amy says:

    When I was a kid the best part of visits to my grandparents was a trip to the farm down the road o get fresh eggs. The farmer told us he had a “magic” chicken that laid eggs that came out already dyed a pretty shade of green just for us cause she knew we were coming – and we believed him! Now I go to the farmer’s market in our town to get the fresh eggs. So much better than store-bought.

  111. Andrea says:

    I love the thought of eating those eggs, if they were to show up on my door step I would be overjoyed at the thoughtfulness. Although I was a little disappointed that it was not the recipe for eggs in a toast hole…sometimes called toad in the hole…

  112. toni says:

    What’s up with people? Why would you want cooler eggs?…..I’d take your eggs!….and we call the egg in the bread “winkies” at our house…just sayin!…Toni

  113. Susie says:

    I’ll take the eggs. We used to have a little 40 acre farm having goats, milk cows, and lots of eggs. If you ever get the chance, buy some Khaki Campbell ducks. They lay one huge egg each morning on the ground then go look for slugs. Very rich eggs these.

    I will even take your eggs without the Thyme. How generous of you. I live in the States though :<

    Can you give info on your sister's painting of the drug store? I liked that a lot. Susie

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susie – My sister has sold a few of her prints to people in the States who saw it on my blog. I believe it’s $90 or $95 and if I remember correctly shipping was somewhere around $15. Email me through the “contact me” button at the top of the site if you’d like more info. ~ karen

  114. Ana says:

    Backyard freshy fresh eggs? Are these people crazy?? This is the closest to egg heaven they’ll ever get!

    I wish I could get up to Canada RIGHT NOW for one!

    I dunno, maybe they don’t know what they’re missing, or maybe they feel better knowing grocery store eggs haven’t JUST come from a butt. But they definitely came from a butt ONCE. I don’t get it.

    Anyway, Karen, just make sure you’re giving those eggs to people who really appreciate them. Everyone else can get a basket of Egg Beaters.

  115. lori says:

    OGM!! i am just speechless.. where do they think eggs come from.?? The fresh eggs are great. and that is all i am going to say cause other wise I’ll get myself in trouble.

  116. Leanne says:

    I would LOVE to try your eggs! Although I don’t think I’ve ever tried fresh eggs before, my husband and I dream of having our own chickens and eating our farm fresh eggs everyday… and then my mom admitted to me the other day she would never try them – they gross her out too! Maybe it’s a little too close to reality for some people… my 3 year old calls eggs “baby chickens”, so we’ve already had our reality check! – Leanne

  117. gloria says:

    I was given an armload of duck eggs once and they sat forlornly in my fridge for weeks until I was afraid they would, as you put it, start talking (or quacking) back to me. No one in my house, and I’m embarrassed to say, including me, would touch them with a ten foot pole. Let alone a knife or fork.
    However, and this is the weird part, I would have no problem eating a backyardigan hen’s egg at all. Go figure.

  118. Nic says:

    Honest answer? I know that it’s ok to not refrigerate eggs. That they’ll last at room temp for about a week, at least, no prob. So that time they spent under the chicken’s butt before they were collected isn’t a problem. But… it just seems weird.
    Does that mean I wouldn’t eat them? No! I’d be geeked, even. But a little weirded out until I’d done it a few times.

    (Incidentally I had a friend with a pet duck ages and ages ago. Duck was named Woodrow. Then, a year in, Woodrow starts laying eggs. Friend couldn’t stomach the thought of eating Woodrow’s egg, so she scrambled it and fed it right back to Woodrow. Yikes.)

  119. Nancy says:

    I tried farm fresh eggs after your post asking us to choose which one was fresh…WOW..what a difference..they don’t know what they are missing..

  120. Saray says:

    Of course I’d love fresh eggs!
    When I was little, I had a pet turkey and every time she laid eggs, we’d steal them and cook them.
    So, should I wait for your basket? LOL

  121. Karen O. says:

    I would totally take some of your eggs. Want to send me one of your rejected baskets? If not, I’ll meet you at the border and you can pass ’em over.

    Seriously though, it’s probably the thought of the eggs coming out of chicken butt that is weirding people out. I mean, at the supermarket, they come prepackaged and people can pretend that magic fairies winked them into existence. Your chickens are right there, for all the world to see. And no one wants to make that association with their food, that it goes from chicken butt to mouth. No matter how delicious.

  122. Frankie says:

    I would love to eat your eggs. Do the people who look down their noses at your eggs realize where their eggs come from?

  123. Kate S. says:

    Nope, the thought doesn’t bother me at all. I’d happily eat them.

    I have had a similar experience, though. I have difficulty eating fruits and vegetables grown by neighbors/friends and then given to me. Logically, since I regularly eat my own garden produce and eat produce from grocery stores and farmers’ markets, I know this is an absurd phobia to have. It’s as if I’ve somehow convinced myself my neighbors grow their tomatoes in pure E.Coli. However, I can’t seem to get over it. I squinch my face and watch my husband eat the hand-me-down fruits and veggies with relish, but can’t bring myself to take a bite.

  124. Yikes, 130 comments? Am I seeing right?
    I would ADORE some of those eggs, and if I didn’t live an ocean away, i would come knocking on your door for them. I was at a “serenity centre” (can’t think of another name for it!) last weekend,at the foot of the Dublin mountains, they had hens and veg and I was in heaven! Got 3 eggs, not a basket, but was SO grateful. They were yum!
    Having said all that, my daughter is freaked by the thought of eating anything from a backyard, including fresh raspberries!

    • Karen says:

      Mimi – Don’t let a little thing like an ocean stop you. And by the way, I was just thinking the same thing! 130 odd comments and the post has only been up 12 hours. People seem to be passionate about eggs. ~ karen

  125. bex says:

    Bree Van de Kamp would be so proud of you.. with baskets like that, there would certainly be cocktails at her house 🙂

  126. Langela says:

    When we first started getting eggs a few years back, I would feed them to the rest of the family while I continued to buy eggs. There was some kind of mental block. I could use them in baking but could not eat them straight up. They smelled and tasted more egg-y than store-bought eggs. Slowly, I started sneaking bites here and there to try to overcome my phobia. I kinda forgot about it until last Christmas at my in-law’s house. My mil made eggs for breakfast. I ate them and thought to myself, “Yuck! These eggs have to taste to them.” Later I told my husband and he laughed for quite awhile. I guess I’m a convert, but it was a process.

  127. Eddie says:

    I have never had fresh eggs before, and would love to try them, some people are just Indoor people. My husband wont even eat the tomatoes I grow. People are in Love with plastic packaging. Your presentation is way more beautiful.

    • Karen says:

      Eddie – Tomatoes?! Your husband wouldn’t eat tomatoes from the garden! That’s hilarious. I’m guessing he wouldn’t approve of the backyard eggs then. Just a guess though. ~ karen

  128. Shauna says:

    People are weird and just not thinking logically. Where do they think the eggs from the store come from – some mechanical chicken? Just dumb. Perhaps the next time someone squinches, explain to them how very old the eggs they’re eating from the store are. How the eggs they’re likely eating from the store are from chickens so cramped together that the majority of them need to be pumped with chemicals in order to prevent diseases. But your eggs, come from happy, healthy chickens.

    You also may want to explain that without a rooster, there is no fertilization, so it’s not like they’re eating a baby chick. It’s amazing how many people don’t understand that concept.

    Or, note that those weird people should not be your friend and hoard all the yummy eggs for yourself;)

    I stupidly try to educate everyone who squinches at our chicken eggs.

    • Pat says:

      I think your eggs are beautiful and the presentation is gorgeous. How could you NOT want to eat those eggs. No ick factor here.

  129. Darby says:

    I’m trying to like things from my backyard. I did eat 4 cherry tomatoes last year that I nurtured from a small plant. I planted basil and ate a couple of leaves but then they get all flowery and I convinced myself that those parts are poisonous and I just avoid that part of the garden. I’m an indoor cat – my family jokes that the windows are just giant TV’s that play the “outside channel”. That said, I’d probably eat the eggs as I give you full credit for knowing what you’re doing and I don’t think you’d have a reason to try to kill me with weird eggs. (I hope!) But the basil is still not coming in the door.

  130. Jeanne says:

    I told my husband about your coop and promised him (he made a face) that one day we would have a coop and eat fresh eggs! And, have chickens with personalities!

  131. Amber Patterson says:

    Your eggs are far superior to any eggs bought at a grocery store. It’s unfortunate, but not surprising that people are having such a reaction to your eggs. It goes to show how far removed we really are from our food. I would rather eat your eggs because I believe they are healthier and tastier than anything that comes out of a cooler, boxed in styrofoam, but that is just my opinion. I wish I was your neighbor.

  132. Emily says:

    My family has kept chickens for almost two years and now that we are moving we will not be able to keep them any longer. I am so sad to see my delicious, completely free-range, organic scrambled egg breakfast go by the wayside. You can see and taste the difference. To paraphrase that California cheese commercial, great eggs come from happy chickens and happy chickens come from your backyard. Weird that people wouldn’t eat them. Too close to nature?

  133. Sian says:

    Huh. How appalling – can’t believe anyone would want the tasteless soulless supermarket eggs. Why? Why? How? From where cometh this outrageous attitude? Well, come the zombiocalypse, they’ll be the first to perish. (not your sister though…I’m sure she has her own tricks up her sleeve)

  134. AnnW says:

    Almost 150 comments! Why wouldn’t people like fresh eggs? Are they so science knowledge deficient that they think you can screw them up? Or contaminate them? People are crazy. How many do you get a day? Do you have enough to give some away every week, or twice a week? Let us know about the time required for chicken keeping. Thanks

    • Karen says:

      Hi AnnW – I’ll do a post on a day in the life of chicken keeping in the future. What’s involved every day, how much time it takes, etc. etc. ~ karen!

  135. Abbey says:

    Does it gross me out? NOT AT ALL; in fact, I’m surprised and baffled that other people would be. I mean. I guess they don’t know what the conditions of egg farms are like, or that eggs are perfectly good for quite some time without ever being refrigerated.


  136. Jenn says:

    I LOVE fresh eggs and can’t wait until we move to a place where I can have chickens and fresh eggs without having to worry about my stinky neighbor ratting on me and costing me the chickens and a $250 fine. 🙂

  137. Laura says:

    Karen, I most definitely would eat your eggs! After you tried the first one your chicken ever laid, and said it was amazing, I have been wanting to try farm fresh eggs. So, yes, I most certainly would not be weirded out or disgusted by your egg basket. I soooo want one, but I am in California, so if I ever do get to Canada, don’t be surprised if I come knocking on your door for some eggs!

  138. carin says:

    How gorgeous. As for your neighbours, et al, they’re quite mad… then my own ‘et als’ are also slightly touched given the reaction an older member of my family-by-marriage who shall remain nameless had when confronted with basil directly out of the garden. She wondered: shouldn’t it be inspected by somebody first??

    People, eh? We’ve totally lost the food plot. 😉

  139. Sandy says:

    I wish I was your neighbour! I’d gladly take the eggs, presentation or not.

  140. Talia says:

    I’d be delighted to receive such a thoughtful gift. We go to the Farmer’s Market every week and BUY eggs. We really try to support our locals. If I lived closer, I’d happily purchase your eggs!

    PS: the presentation is lovely!

  141. Kristen S says:

    the BEST eggs are fresh eggs!

  142. Christine says:

    We eat our duck’s eggs… it freaks a lot of people out and they contort their faces this way and that. i have heard a lot of comments about “how can you eat something that came out of your pets butt?”. i say, better my pet than some poor institutionalized bird somewhere!

  143. Robyn says:

    They have no idea what they’re missing! How could folks prefer supermarket food with the truly unknown orgin, rather than eat something that they know 100% to be what it should be? Do they think you’re feeding your chickens junk food and Doritos?

  144. Chau says:

    I’m guessing a lot of people are just too industrialized. What’s wrong with fresh eggs from one’s backyard? Nothing! In my book your eggs are as good as gold.

  145. Debbie says:

    I would eat the eggs, but I would be concerned about the house made from human bones 😉

  146. Joni says:

    Oh my gosh! I’d love to eat fresh eggs! I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t. Why are factory farmed eggs more appealing?

    • Karen says:

      Joni – I’m guessing the fear is backyard chickens eat bugs and stuff. That could be the basis for some of the fear. When I was younger, someone gave me farm fresh eggs and said the chickens favourite treat was “earwigs”. I never ate those eggs. ~ karen

  147. gig says:

    We had fresh eggs for a while, they were GREAT. Something about the flavor was way better. Let the squiemish go without, more for the rest of us.

  148. Pat says:

    We search for farm fresh eggs and loathe buying eggs from the stores. My husband had a great contact for a few years with a hobby farmer who took the same train into the city everyday. Once a week he would come home with eggs. These eggs were bigger than big and sometimes different colours. We miss those eggs!

  149. Ginny says:

    If I was your neighbor you might find me in the chicken coop at 5 a.m. taking your eggs while in the middle of some baking frenzy.

  150. Julianna says:

    Grossed out?!?! Honey, it was the Yogurt Tampon post that LED me to you!!! I’d eat these eggs. Yesindeedydo.

  151. One word for those people:

    If anyone has tasted fresh eggs they know the stuff in a carton is the compares to the quality of re-heated french fries.
    Though you might want to keep your eggs secret, people who know a good egg will be lining up your cast off broken ones.

  152. Judith says:

    Are you KIDDING?! Our local organic farm (I’m in Concord, Mass.) started selling some local, basically organic eggs from a nearby farm this summer.

    I am addicted! And they don’t always have them so when I get there and the cooler is empty I have to control my impulse to have a temper tantrum.

    And I understand that the chickens don’t lay as many eggs in the cooler weather, which means in addition to bad weather, I can’t make Ram’s eggs with real eggs.

  153. OOH, Karen,
    I have to tell a story that my cousin told me about her friend’s friend. The friend of a friend, poor woman, found a piece of broken beer bottle in her free range chicken egg as she was frying it up. Yup. The ladies thank God that it was dark glass or the one might have died eating it. None will ever will buy a free range egg again. Apparently glass can pass thru a chicken’s digestive system (chickens eat anything ya know!) into the reproductive system! So maybe the squeamish know of the same poor woman with beer bottle shards in her eggs.

  154. Lauren says:

    I grew up eating eggs from my Aunt’s farm. This is the way I thought all eggs tasted. What a shock when I moved out of my parent’s home and bought eggs from the store. I honestly thought something was wrong with them, until my mother told me that all store bought eggs tasted like that.

    I do buy free range, but today’s definition of free range is different from what it was when I was a kid (I’m 51). My Aunt actually let the chickens go outside! What a concept.

  155. Krystal says:

    I would much prefer to eat fresh eggs than those from the grocery. Not only do you know what your hens have eaten to produce them, you know how the chickens were raised (happy and healthy, hopefully!). My grandfather raised chickens. Hundreds of them. Literally. He was a cock fighter (I know, but that’s what he did) and I loved feeding the hens and chicks each day and collecting eggs. And eating them. I wouldn’t eat any chicken he prepared, however, but that is another story…

  156. Susan says:

    If you came to my door with a basket of freshly-laid eggs, I would be absolutely delighted. I would then figure out a way to make sure you knew that if anyone else you offered eggs declined them, that I would be very happy to take them. I would, in an un-stalky kind of way, plot to make sure I ran into you regularly, and would ask how your hens were doing, and tell you how delicious those eggs had been. I would probably even offer to pay you for the eggs, or trade you fresh-made ricotta cheese, or fresh made potato chips for them. Anyone who would turn down a fresh egg for a stale one that had been refrigerated is just plain nuts, no ifs ands or buts.

  157. Robin says:

    I’d LOVE to have access to fresh eggs! For the past 2-3 years, we’ve had a duck fly into our yard for summer and twice now, she’s left me an egg to pay her way. I ate them myself. Wasn’t going to share.
    This little story comes to mind. A family was driving in the countryside when little Billy in the back started yelling excitedly, Look, look! There’s a cow’s nest! It was a few bottles of milk (when we had bottles) that had been delivered at the farmer’s gate. Sad that some people don’t know what’s real any more. Wish I was your neighbour.

  158. Aimee says:

    People are nuts.

    I would looove a basket of your eggs! I’ve never tasted a farm (or backyard) fresh egg.

  159. Dina says:

    Hey Karen,
    I’m laying here in bed with my own fella and just read your post to him. He said it’s pretty ignorant of those people, because you know what you fed your chickens.
    And I’m so glad that you mentioned the uncertainty of the legality of your coop. I’ve been wanting backyard hens for several years, and fairly certain the HOA would not be in favor. Enjoy your eggs!

    By the way you are a badass!

  160. Brenda j says:

    Pick me!!! I’ll have my son pick them up on his way home from work in downtown T.O. anytime you say!
    I used to get a dozen + a half eggs, every 2 weeks, delivered by a man with a chicken farm; when I lived in Ajax. BOY! Do I miss that. The eggs were fresh, delicious and better yet…brought to the door.
    Afraid of fresh…. GET HELP!
    I’m in. Time for a pick-up GIVE AWAY Karen.
    Cheers – ummmmm??? let us know how your home-made eggnog tastes o.k?
    Brenda in Oshawa,

  161. Jen says:

    A gift like that…would be one of my favorite gifts ever! With the Thyme and everything! Good Golly. I am so surprised by people’s reaction….and to the big jump in your comments. Did people think you were giving away the basket of eggs??? LOL! (maybe you got featured somewhere without realizing it…???) Happy for ya. xo

    • Karen says:

      Jen – Nope. I had the normal amount of views. Just a lot of comments. People are passionate about their eggs. 🙂 ~ karen

  162. Kelly says:

    Your friends and family don’t know what they’re missing. Fresh eggs are soooo much better than grocery store eggs. They’re a beautiful color and taste delicious!

  163. kate says:

    nope…doesn’t gross me out..not sure how it would…truthfully seems odd…unless eggs gross you out entirely…
    hurray for backyard eggs!!!

  164. AmieM says:

    Eggs taste way better when kept at room temp, and have less time from chicken butt to plate. And the protein, omegas and fats in them are richer, requiring you to need to eat less to be full. Not to mention the taste!!

    Do these people realize that there are those out there who would be paying 5$ a dozen of free range chicken eggs at a small town farmer’s market? I’m in Guelph, and man do the people here love their fresh eggs! They are the first thing to sell out every Saturday at market, and as such, the farmers can charge whatever they want!

  165. Lilia says:

    Those eggs are beautiful! Backyard eggs are the best! Eggs don’t really need to be refrigerated anyway, unless they’re turning into chicks. The only scary thing is what’s on the shell. So don’t lick the shell. 🙂

  166. Tina says:

    Interesting! I did not know you could buy eggs in a supermarket till I was about 10 and moved to the big city with a population of 7,000!

    Beautiful presentation!

  167. martha says:

    Am I the only person who thinks it is scary that people are afraid of real food? I liked the comment about not knowing what’s real. Do they think the grocery store eggs are manufactured in a factory somewhere?

    I suspect one is more likely to get sick from store eggs than from yours.

  168. Leslie says:

    I’m as surprised as you at the negative reactions to the eggs! I’d be thrilled to get them as a gift – I’d consider them way healthier than the ones I get at the store – and the beautiful presentation is just icing on the cake. What is wrong with people these days?? Sheesh!

  169. Janet in Dallas says:

    whaaaaat? these people are idiots. (apologies to your family)

    i’m going to move in next door to you and make a list of all the illegal things you do. then you’ll have to buy my silence by giving me ALL the eggs your chickens lay. muahaha!

  170. Eleni says:

    I’d love to have your eggs! We have a summer home in the greek countryside and always look for fresh eggs from the neighbors so my kids can have them -got to save the best for them! People are so crazy…

  171. Melissa M says:

    This also surprised me! I think the presentation is beautiful and the idea of homegrown eggs is very appealing.

  172. Nicola Cunha says:

    I have no prob with the eggs but last year couldn’t bring myself to use the 1 cup of goat’s milk I milked myself that I brought home from a good farm. I also was the only person in my 6th grade class who couldn’t hold a cute bunny that was being passed around !?! I don’t know why!

  173. Pati says:

    Girl, I would KILL for some fresh eggs !!! I don’t like store-bought eggs !! Send em to Louisiana…
    they WILL get eaten and you WILL be thanked PROFUSELY !

  174. RoseMary says:

    We had chickens when our kids were younger. They were quite upset if we were running short on our fresh eggs and they might have to eat grocery store eggs. They could tell a fresh egg from the store bought and weren’t keen on eating something they didn’t pick up themselves from the coop.

  175. Tricia says:

    I also have backyard chickens and I wont eat the eggs. but I feed them to my family and I give them to neighbors… I love your blog!!!

  176. Terra says:

    We have hens here too and have come across that same eggphobia. Some don’t like that the eggs have green shells. Some don’t like that the yolks are a rich deep orange….and when I explain that its because they eat a lot of bugs and horsepoop while out ‘free ranging’ it doesn’t seem to help. Go figure!
    We love our eggs and are now ‘grossed out’ by the runny pale ones that you can buy in the store. Who cares if other people don’t like them….more for us!

  177. Eleanor says:

    Fresh eggs are a wonderful thing. I used to purchase eggs from a neighbour, until she got tired of playing farmer and I had to find another supplier. Now I purchase fresh eggs and honey from a real farmer down the road. We all need to be supporting our neighbours. I do have a question about fresh eggs though. Maybe you could find out for me. Ok, so the question is “Why are fresh hard boiled eggs so hard to peel? Is there an easier way?” I like to have the perfect peeled egg.

    • Karen says:

      Eleanor – I don’t eat hard boiled eggs, so I hadn’t noticed! And I have no idea – but I bet someone out there does. ~ karen!

      • Jen says:

        It’s something about older eggs having air space between the inside and the shell….makes sense, I think, since shells are porous. In any case, just let your eggs “age” for 10 days and you’ll be all set for beautifully-peeled eggs!

  178. Stillwaters says:

    I was born on a chicken farm. Fresh eggs and chicken were normal. Later, I couldn’t believe how tasteless grocery store stuff was (tomatoes too of course). However, if you really want to gift the squeamish with your fresh eggs, blow them out – I know it hurts after a while and you’ll eat lots of scrambled eggs but then they could have the beautiful presentation forever. Maybe the idea of receiving the whole egg sometime will grow on them. ; )

  179. Stillwaters says:

    I grew up on a chicken farm so was raised on fresh eggs and chickens. Later, I couldn’t believe how tasteless grocery store ones were – tomatoes too, of course. However, if you still want to bribe your squeamish folks, blow the eggs out of the shells and they will have a permanent beautiful basket and eventually, maybe they will get comfortable with the whole egg idea. I know your cheeks will get sore and you’ll have to eat a lot of scrambled eggs so maybe not so good an idea. : [

  180. I would not like to eat your eggs as I dont like eggs. but I would gladly bake with them or scramble them up for the baby. Essentially no I am not weirded out by the idea at all.

  181. Becky says:

    Did they say why they wouldn’t like fresh eggs? I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t want to use fresh. I thought everybody was looking for organic and fresh products.

  182. Maybe if you mistreat the chickens and store the eggs in a warehouse for a month before offering them to your neighbours they’ll enjoy them. They just want something a little more familiar.

    • Karen says:

      Perhaps they just don’t like stuff that’s free. Maybe they’d feel better about it if I charged them $5.50 a dozen. I have worked out a “sweet” trade for some of my friend Russell’s honey. ~ karen!

  183. heidi says:

    I beg any and everyone who has chickens that I know to give me eggs. I’m so spoiled I hate buying them from the store. People are insane!

  184. gina dalmas says:

    heck no! boy I sure wish I could sample one of your backyard eggs right now. after falling in love with your coop and egg stories, I now regale all my friends with tales of my future backyard coop and eggs. i’m thinking about 10 years from now when i’m home more, but i can hardly wait.

  185. Nancy Sorensen says:

    Oy! You have totally exposed true weirdness in people, and I had it too!! I always bought organic eggs at the store, but was totally hesitant and apprehensive when I ate my first egg from a friend’s backyard chicken. Lasted about 5 minutes, as by the time it was cooked and in my belly, it was the best thing ever. AND SO BEAUTIFUL! Firm white, bright yellow/orange yolk. That was several years ago and I never looked back, but I did feel it, there, for a bit! Too many years of NOT knowing what an egg was supposed to be like.

  186. Erin says:

    I take my chickens’ eggs to work on a regular basis, when I have too many for the husband and I to eat ourselves. Most of my coworkers love them, but my partner pharmacist is a city boy, was raised a city boy, and actually thought the eggs in the store were white because they went through some “bleaching process” that I wasn’t doing. He was horrified by my green eggs (I have Araucanas). He took a dozen home once but I don’t think he ever got brave enough to eat them.

  187. SamiJ says:

    A lot of people feel that industrialized food is safer. Truth is, any food that is factory farmed is not safer. And in the US, there has been at least one major (millions of eggs) recall this year due to unsanitary conditions of the factory farms.

    If you can buy local or better yet — get it from a backyard garden, you’ve just reduced your exposure to harm. Backyard gardens/coops produce tastier, healtier and cleaner food.

    Just because a supermarket allows you to distance your food from its manner/place of production, does not mean it is removed from harm.

  188. Jane says:

    I’ve no idea– I think they look beautiful, and I’m sure they taste amazing. Although I raised chickens, so perhaps I’m not the most unbiased judge. (Mine never lived in a chicken coop quite that nice, tho.)

  189. Amy says:

    I think your chicken eggs would be yummy, not gross. Of course, as a former Alaskan I am not a bit grossed out by harvesting my own food – including canning salmon and butchering moose.

    When it comes to your eggs, it is my understanding that the eggs produced by chickens like yours (ones that get outside and eat bugs) are healthier for us than any egg produced by an organic, vegetarian fed, de-beaked chicken. The bonus is that they taste better too! If it made sense to ship them to Alabama I would take all of your extras. Plus, my son will only eat eggs like yours! Too bad people rely on plastic-wrapped food as a good option.

  190. trisha says:

    that is so wacky to me. it scares me how many people are so clueless about where their food actually comes from. they think – i go to the market i buy some form of meat- it came from the meat fairy, no animal was harmed in the making of that said meat product. if i was local, i would love a basket of your eggs. i wanted to build a coop in my back yard, which is illegal here by the way as well…i’m still thinking about it for a project for next year..

  191. Dani says:

    I grew up on a farm and then went to work in a variety of living history museums. Our primary audiences have been removed from the farm for several generations and don’t know were food comes from. They don’t know how to make things themselves: canning, sewing, woodworking, soap making, etc… And the reality of processing meat is hard for most people to wrap their minds around. Still, after dealing with it for years I’m always surprised when people react this way to fresh, homegrown food. I make soap and people are thrown by the fact that I use lye in the process–even though ALL soap is made with lye. They think it is a harsh laundry soap so I have to work hard to make sure I market how gentle it is. They just don’t understand how things are made.

  192. Rachel says:

    We buy our eggs from the farm across the street, and I hate having to buy the old ones from the store. lol Who would have thought you’d find so many people turning their noses up to your fresh eggs!

  193. Faith says:

    To be honest, I’m a little weirded out by people who are weirded out by good ol’ honest chicken eggs. I can’t understand why on earth they might prefer the factory-farmed eggs from a grocery store to one that was freshly laid in my back yard that morning. People are strange.

  194. Janice says:

    Love them from the farm or from the yard
    Love them scrambled, love them hard
    Love green, brown, or white eggs
    Love them all, until they grow legs.

  195. ev says:

    I would love to have a neighbor give me fresh eggs! And especially from happy-not-super-confined hens no less! Your squeamish relatives/neighbors are really missing out.

  196. Bridget says:

    Our chickens have stopped laying for the winter 🙁 And I have been putting off buying eggs. I just hate the ones from the store. They are so runny and pale.

  197. Elaine R says:

    I can see how it would gross some people out. Getting eggs at the store is an out of site out of mind kind of thing. If your family and neighbors have seen your chickens, they suddenly remember… oh yeah that came from a chickens butt. Or maybe they are naive and think they are going to crack an egg and a baby chicken is going to come out. Personally I would love to have chickens to eat fresh eggs everyday.

  198. Linda says:

    Sorry, got interrupted. Your fresh eggs look wonderful…magnificent; makes me wish I was your neighbor and could buy them from you. We use lots of eggs at our house. The only thing I know of that fresh eggs are not good for is hard-boiled. If eggs are too fresh, you have more trouble getting the peeling off, even though you pluck them into icewater after cooking to cool them down, crack the shells and wait a few minutes…they are still difficult to peel. Oh well, I don’t really like hard-boiled eggs anyhow. I’ll use them in recipes where appearance doesn’t matter.

  199. Sarah says:

    I live in England and, honestly, the idea of being weirded out by back garden eggs has never even crossed my mind! We don’t even keep our eggs in the fridge here! Go into any shop and they’ll be stacked up on a shelf. My mum has a beautiful wire egg basket that looks like a chicken to keep her eggs in on the windowsill. Mmmmm 🙂

  200. Ivana says:

    Hello from Croatia, Europe !
    Here we prefer the eggs from local farmers that can be bought in the market (of course, there is a strict system of veterinary/quality control). The yolks are much nicer yellow, great for the cakes.
    We believe that only happy chicken can give us healthy eggs.

  201. Dallas says:

    I will admit I used to cringe at the thought of eggs from a family friends’ farm and not a grocery store…I thought it was weird how they were different sizes and were all different colors…and what?! they come out of the chicken warm…GROSS! But now having just hatched my very own backyard chickens only two days ago, I am so excited for my girls to start laying beautiful brown eggs with bright yellow yolks 🙂 I also now find farm eggs to be more flavourful, and healthy looking…I compared a store bought egg to a farm one and what a huge difference, the store bought were a very pale sickly flat {the yolk was really flat like a pancake, meaning not fresh} looking, the farm ones were a bright yellow almost orange, with nice big yolks.

  202. Tigersmom says:

    OK – Let me start by saying I have been skulking around your blog for a couple of weeks very thoroughly enjoying myself. I found you via Censational Girl and have been laughing my ass off at your hilarious exploits. I adore sarcasm, and as I always say, it takes a real smartass to really appreciate another smartass. So, please consider yourself deeply appreciated even though

    (wait for it)

    I would not, could not eat your eggs.

    Don’t get me wrong…I actually love many things about eggs. Yours are exceptionally beautiful. I love their shape and those colors (like a decorators pallette for a beautiful living room or serene bedroom) and your basket presentation with that perfect bow. I love that eggs represent new life and even nourishment.
    What I can’t get past is the way they smell when cooked. To me (no offense intended)they smell





    and I cannot bring myself to ingest something that smells like it came out of somethings ass (which, to me, makes perfect sense because they did).
    I can, of course, and happily do, ingest them when they are cleverly disguised inside cakes and custards and other manner of fattening deliciousness. So I guess that makes me something of a hypocrite, but so be it. I can’t help it.

    On a side note, I have 2 requests for a Will They Eat It? The first one is mashed potatoes (those will be challenging to put on a stick, eh?). The second one is scrambled eggs. Forgive me, but I read the post where they ate that first egg raw and my sick curiosity wants to know how far this cannibalism thing will go. Chicken tenders! They’ll work on a stick!
    Thanks for the laughs.

  203. A. Bakker says:

    can you tell me where I can buy farm eggs, We live in Transcona,

  204. Kerri says:

    We raise our own chickens and sell our eggs and I was also shocked by family members who were disgusted by the thought of eating them. They only liked the store bought. This makes NO sense to me. Where in the world do they think THOSE eggs come from. It’s like not eating beef or pork unless it comes from the store. I know those people also!

  205. Lori says:

    im eating a plate of eggs now.
    farm raised, free range, happy chicken eggs.
    i got them last week.
    i make myself eat them. i am grossed out by them, but i love eggs.
    i know this is just lifelong conditioning, and i will get over it.
    i wont stop eating them. i wont buy them again from the store.
    just being honest, for some reason, im grossed out.

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