I see this question often on the Green Bean Facebook lists, especially this time of year.
People asking the question, "should I go to XXX ride?" often do not have a single concern that is causing the hesitation. Usually it's a laundry list of concerns, which might include some or all of the following: Saddle fit (horse) -- "He's always been fine in this saddle, but when he started to shed out I found some white hairs behind his shoulder..."Saddle fit (rider) -- "My back (knees/hips/shoulders/butt/feet) hurt if we go more than an hour..."Footgear (horse) -- "He's always been barefoot, but people say..."Footgear (rider) -- "My toenails have all turned black..."Camping (horse) -- "Will my electric fence/panels/origami rope creation be sufficient..."Camping (rider) -- "I don't have a living quarters trailer, how will I...?"Travel (horse) -- "He loads and unloads just fine but if we drive more than 2…
I was re-stacking some of the hay bales in the barn this morning,and I found* these.
Considering that chickens in general are not very clever, It's unexpected but true that there always seem to be a few hens with a Nesting Agenda. Twelve, of course, is the goddess of these duplicitous birds. In her lifetime, Twelve achieved fame for unusual nesting locations.
Our best guess is that the sneaky hen(s) that laid this super-secret stash of cackleberries did so in August or September.
They certainly aren't fresh.
Mother Earth News did a research study with eggs, to determine the best long-term storage procedure. Stashing fresh eggs under hay bales was not part of the study, but it makes interesting reading anyhow.
Fresh eggs sink promptly to the bottom of a water bowl. As eggs age, air gets into the shell and forms a pocket. Less-than-ideal eggs (aka "dog eggs") have a small air pocket, and will sink partway. Do-not-eat eggs have so much air inside the shell that th…