First Lady Donna Edwards: Chickens bring comfort of Amite to mansion

Published: Nov. 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - When Governor John Bel Edwards and his family moved into the governor's mansion, they brought a piece of Tangipahoa parish home with them.

August flooding kept the kicked the first couple out of the mansion for a while, but the first lady says the property keeps them coming back.

"We haven't been in the mansion but look at our garden. We have Satsuma trees. Look, they're producing! This one is so heavy it's drooping," she said pointing to a tree.

It's paradise in the midst of construction.

The longtime educator teaches me her Satsuma picking technique.

"They should be good in a couple of weeks," she said. "The key is to twist it, so if you twist it and it's ready it pops off easily."

The mansion garden celebrates Louisiana produce. Mrs. Edwards says it was put in place before the Foster administration.

But the Edwards aren't chicken.

They've put their stamp on the property. A coop.

We have Rhode Island Red. We have the Ameraucana which are the green egg layers.

Edwards says they have no roosters because it's against the ordinance. She pulled out beautiful colored eggs from a nest box.

"They look like Easter eggs," she said. "We waited about three months for them to lay eggs."

She said they lay about a dozen a day. From the coop to the garden the couple finds peace here.

The governor got off the helicopter the other day and picked peppers and satsumas. It's therapy for us at the close of evening.

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