Backyard Chickens

The Golden Egg

Gold-leafed Easter egg

I’d been waiting almost four months for my first egg. Four months! That’s four months of friends and family coming around and asking when our chickens were going to start laying. Granted, the chickens weren’t mature enough to lay yet, but believe me, I was counting down the days till spring. Our first egg came last week via our Easter Egger, Gisele — just in time for Easter!

After we ooh’ed and ahh’ed over that perfectly oblong, pastel green egg, we had to decide what to do with it. Poached? Scrambled? Souffled? No. This egg was special. Special like that first dollar bill that restaurants frame for their wall, except we can’t frame an egg.

One crafty afternoon later, the insides were blown out and that first egg now sits under a beautiful glass cloche on our shelf, encased in gold leaf. (If the cloche looks familiar, that’s because it previously came with my Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.)

It’s shiny. It’s elegant. It’s immortalized. It’s our first egg!

Gold-leafed egg on display

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  • ashley
    March 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I would LOVE to know how you did this! It’s brilliant! 🙂 

    • Linda Ly
      March 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Do a search on Amazon for gold leaf kits and you’ll find plenty to choose from! I used the one from Mona Lisa with the gold leaf paper, basecoat, adhesive, and sealer. It came with simple instructions on how to do it.

  • Manure Tea Gardening
    March 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hey @OurLittleAcre here’s a great chicken/egg story and a Great idea! 

  • Laura
    March 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    So pretty! I was wondering what you were going to do with the first egg, and I think this was a great idea 🙂

  • Sarah
    March 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Beautiful. Congrats on your first egg! I really enjoy your blog.

  • Laila Noort
    March 9, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Congrats! I hope many golden eggs will follow!


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