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Poem: "The Rainbow Layers"

This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from kyleri, who posted about a friend's chicken laying a green egg.  It was sponsored by slave2tehtink, owner of the chicken, who commented with links to photos of Ayinnanku and her green egg.  "Ayinnanku" means "favorite eagle" in Mapuche; she belongs to one of several related breeds of chicken that lay colored eggs: Araucana, Ameraucana, and Easter Egger.  I love rare breeds.  I also think it's fun to make up mystical explanations for why things are the way they are.


The Rainbow Layers


The Araucana
looks like an ordinary chicken
except for a few extra tufts of feathers, but

lays eggs of mint-green and sky-blue,
a pinkish shade of brown,
a yellowish shade of pink.

The hens leave
a little bit of Easter
in the farmer's egg-basket

and on drizzly spring days,
when no one is looking,
they slyly peck at the rainbows.

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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: March 3rd, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've wanted to keep chickens for a while and now I MUST have green eggs!
The poem is lovely. :)
slave2tehtink From: slave2tehtink Date: March 3rd, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
The secret to green eggs is to cross an Araucana (blue egg gene) with a brown egg layer. The darker the egg color genes, the darker green the egg you will get, I've seen some that are positively olive drab. :)

I also highly recommend chickens, they are hilariously charming pets AND you get eggs!
kyleri From: kyleri Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your chicken is FAMOUS!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow!

>>The secret to green eggs is to cross an Araucana (blue egg gene) with a brown egg layer. The darker the egg color genes, the darker green the egg you will get, I've seen some that are positively olive drab.<<

That is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing.

>>I also highly recommend chickens, they are hilariously charming pets AND you get eggs!<<

I think chickens are okay, but for charm, I prefer ducks. I am particularly fond of the metallic green Cayugas.
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: March 3rd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! The information is duly filed away in my brain for the future. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you like the poem. I'm also happy to turn people on to rare breeds and other interesting things.

Backyard Chickens is a good resource:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/
particularly for chicken tractors:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-tractor.html
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: March 3rd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

I think I came across that one a while back when I was on a researching kick. Thanks! :)
eseme From: eseme Date: March 4th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
So *that's* where the rainbows disappear to!

And I love that the green eggs are real - that egg photo was very cool. It is fun to learn something new from the Fishbowl.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Egg color comparisons are fun. Here is one with photos:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=4439-egg-color-chart
This one has breed descriptions with egg colors listed:
http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

I like teaching fun facts through poetry!

Edited at 2011-03-04 02:42 am (UTC)
eseme From: eseme Date: March 4th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Wow, what a color range!

I'm in an apartment, so chickens are not an option. I should definitely ask my sister how hers are.
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