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June 14th, 2014

Yesterday morning I went out to gather eggs in the coop and found a teeny tiny egg in the nesting box beside a few full sized eggs.  I knew exactly what it was – a cock egg, or so it’s called by many people.  Others call it a wind egg.  The history & lore surrounding these little eggs is really funny, there’s a great article over on Granny Miller if you want to read all about them.
cock egg
From the Granny Miller blog post: “Cock eggs according to different folklore traditions bring bad luck or illness if they are brought into the house. That’s because a cock egg is believed to have malefic and magical powers. They are reputed to be of value to sorcerers and magicians for mixing magical potions and casting spells. The way the story goes is that if a toad, serpent or witch at the behest of Satan incubates a cock egg, the resulting hatchling will be a cockatrice or a basilisk. A cockatrice or basilisk is an ancient winged monster with a serpent’s body and a rooster’s head that can kill and destroy by its breath and glance.”
cock egg (1)
Since this little egg was laid on Friday the 13th with a full moon I think we’re in for some very bad luck here at Chiot’s Run. Or perhaps this is the rooster we sent to the chopping block two weeks ago sending us a message.  Maybe I should stick it under my broody hen to see if she’ll hatch out a cockatrice.

Do you know of any great livestock or garden lore that you think about from time to time?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.