Yes, the ladies have started endowing us with blessings of eggs!  The first were laid last Tuesday, and 2 every day since then.  Celebrations!!  They are beautiful and delicious, and some are fertile, as we have two roosters.

Bright orange yolks

So for breakfast of course, eggs, with one of my favorite egg-sides, sauteed bananas. We have a nice healthy bunch of bananas (the ones from the photo last week) right now, hanging by the deck, easy to grab.
Smoothie was typical –  banana, purple lilikoi, lemon, cane  syrup, and collected some blueberry guava too – what a color!
Lots of hot mamake tea with mint.
Opened some coconuts for water and meat, maybe will make oil from them because they were pretty old.  I should say “well aged,” sounds better huh.

The blueberry guava and purple lilikoi made the smoothie a deep rose color

Taro chips, best while hot

Lunch was taro chips with avocado/lime/salt, and a deliciously soft and ripe persimmon from Shama and Inoch’s tree.  Shama also brought over a pummelo from a friend of theirs’, which I haven’t opened yet but may tonight.
Dinner was “catch of the day” from the garden – taro, turnips, eggplant, tsoi sim, bunching onion greens, garlic chives, and coconut milk stir-fried up – all that was very comfort-foody somehow.  I know, turnips and eggplant doesn’t sound like a delightful meal but it WAS.  You’ll just have to believe me.  I’ve barely eaten turnips before, except hidden in a soup, but they grow very well here and I expect to be eating them a lot now.  I harvest the Japanese eggplants when young and small, say 5 inches,  and haven’t had trouble with stings except the very first few.  (Stings from various tiny little fruit flies that lay grubs that get surprisingly big.)

The pummelo was fantastic! Much firmer than a grapefruit.

Let’s get back to the exciting topic of eggs… the reason we are so excited is that these hens are now a good 8 months old, and I hear most start laying at 6 months.  We have been feeding them primarily food from the farm rather than purchasing layer mixes imported from the mainland.  This is probably why they took longer to lay.  They also had a rough start with quite a few little chicks dying off (we vowed to never again try to raise little chicks without a loving mother hen), due to probably being too cold overnight – we used hot water bottles but they cooled off by morning.   We finally hooked a light up to the coop area, as you may know we are off-grid so it’s not always a matter of just an extension cord, we have to have enough solar power too.  Then we lost 3 to mongoose, before we got traps set.  Anyway since around late May we have had the same 26, some a little older, but all very friendly.

Gathering food for them daily is pretty time-consuming; luckily, shared among three of us.  Their main diet is our compostable leftovers; greens from the garden such as comfrey and kale; weeds; lilikoi; coconuts; bananas; sprouted wheat berries; azolla (water weed); black soldier fly grubs; sunflower seeds; and organic corn.

If they wouldn't scratch it out so much, the bedding would be thicker. Gotta get more in there.

The laying boxes have doors on back so we can get the eggs out easily.

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