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At Last, The French Hens Lay



So, I spent most of today down on the bayou, working on a project that is opening my eyes, broadening my mind, and delighting my heart. I’ll tell you about it when I can. I was tickled to come home this afternoon and to discover that our two Black Copper Maran hens have finally started to lay. They are a French breed, known for laying the darkest eggs of all chicken breeds. Above, on the left, a standard brown yard egg from one of our Orpingtons, and on the right, a Black Copper Maran egg. It’s chocolatey, n’est-ce pas? Beautiful eggs, just beautiful. Those Marans are as dumb as dirt, even as chickens go, but they sure can produce a gorgeous egg.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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