The Egg Switch

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Most people are missing out when it comes to eggs. Farm raised, free range eggs are like gold, precious and incomparable to their store bought counterparts. Though usually smaller, the farm egg makes up for it’s size with big flavor. When we moved to the farm it was still warm out and the chickens were laying 4-5 eggs per day. It was wonderful. Now that it stays under 40 degrees consistently we get maybe one egg per day. That isn’t nearly enough, breakfast alone Amelia and I share 3 eggs. So I resorted to buying the tasteless store bought until today when I passed this sign on the way to the post office.

IMG_0389This little shop behind a house off the highway sold guns and eggs, yes guns and eggs. I really wanted to look around, they had huge chickens and geese or ducks (I didn’t look close enough). I would have loved to peek at her cute baby blue chicken coop but unfortunately the lady there was rude and very short with me. I bought my eggs at $2 per dozen which is worth the unpleasantness until we can amp up our own production. We have plans get a few more chickens to build a small coop to keep the them safe at night and give them a place to roost. Right now the hens take turns laying in this make shift bucket nest on the wall inside the barn.

Chicken roosting in make shift bucket nest | Chic Sustainability Blog

I don’t know why I this its so funny to me but I seriously crack up every time I see a chicken in there. I am looking forward to having a coop maybe like this on I found on Pinterest. Isn’t it dreamy? The plans are on Heather Bulllard’s website.

Heather Bullard's Chicken Coop-500wi

I know its a bit fancy but I really love it. I’m sure ours will be a little more practical but I’m determined to throw in that little bit of style. Maybe paint it a cute color like the gun/egg store’s baby blue coop. Either way I am glad to say we have switched to only local eggs and this spring when the sale barns start selling chicks we will build our coop and buy a few more egg chickens. Hopefully, also some bigger meat chickens so I can stop buying that dreadful Tyson chicken.

One step at a time we are reaching our goals!

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One thought on “The Egg Switch

  1. There are also tremendous nutritional benefits, especially if the eggs are from free ranging chickens. A tip for the winter is to put them on lights in the morning and evening. They should have 17 to 18 hours of daylight to lay efficiently. Next year I am going to force molt 1/2 of my flock in about October, so that they are laying well again once the cold weather really hits, then I will force molt the other 1/2…..At least that is the plan in my mind.
    I will include the link to one of our articles about the nutrition. Hopefully it will work as it is the shortlink. Otherwise, if you find the time to check out our site there are several articles about free range chickens and grass fed beef. I love the egg/gun shop! LOL
    http://wp.me/p2wp6U-R
    DrJeff7
    http://heritagebreedsfarm.com

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