About those eggs

Interesting Things about Eggs

Please read the whole article, but I will highlight two of their main points below:

2. Take the “sell-by” date with a grain of salt. In short, a carton may be up to two months old by the end of the sell-by date. Even so, according to the USDA, eggs are still fit for consumption for an additional three to five weeks past the sell-by date. We tasted two- and three-month-old eggs and found them perfectly palatable. At four months, the white was very loose and the yolk “tasted faintly of the refrigerator,” though it was still edible. Our advice is to use your discretion. If the eggs smell odd or display discoloration, pitch them. Older eggs also lack the structure-lending properties of fresh eggs, so beware when baking. 

5. Farm-fresh eggs are well worth the splurge. In our taste tests, farm-fresh eggs were standouts. The large yolks were shockingly orange and their flavor was exceptionally rich and complex. The organic eggs followed in second place, with eggs from hens raised on a vegetarian diet in third, and the standard supermarket eggs last. Our conclusion? If you have access to eggs fresh from the farm, do buy them — they are a special treat that would be best used in an egg-based dish like an omelet or frittata rather than baked into cakes or cookies. Otherwise, organic eggs are worth the premium — about a dollar more than standard supermarket eggs. For general use, though, there’s nothing wrong with supermarket eggs. 

As the chickens continue to wind down their production (I had 9 eggs in the refrigerator this morning) for the Winter I dread the thought of having to buy replacements from the store! 

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About that first egg….

Turns out the Commander isn’t a very good finder.  We found 25 green eggs in the loft today so I’m am pretty sure that the lone Americauna has been laying for a while.

I wonder if the eggs are still good?

Hunting Season

Our Americauna hen laid her first egg yesterday…as far as we know.  The Commander found it up in the sheep hay loft while he was moving bales.  An extensive search failed to produce any other green eggs so that is how we deduced that this was her first egg.

That morning when the Commander opened the buck’s side door he discovered Mamma chicken waiting to get inside.  It seems that Mamma chicken has started laying again and she has chosen the buck barn as her nesting area.

I have recently found roosters hiding in the nest boxes at lunch time, I can think of no sensible reason for why they would be doing that.  It seems that when they get in the boxes they roll any eggs out into the center aisle, great.

So today checking for eggs consisted of; pulling out a ladder and searching the sheep hay loft (1), running two stinky bucks out of their barn and searching through the waste hay (1), rummaging through the aisle hay in the coop (1), and chasing roosters out of the nest boxes (0).  Not a bad haul for a cold winter day, looks like hunting season has begun.

Happy Easter

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t color brown eggs. Happy Easter!

Still no lambs. I think they have decided to all lamb at the same time. Lara and Gardenia are huge, Azalea has dropped and Ava looks suspicious. I have put everyone into their own stalls (kind of). Lara and Zoe get to room by themselves because I don’t want them to trample any little ones. Kia and her baby Avalon room together in the last stall, I figure that with only Ava pregnant that there should be enough room. Gardenia and Azalea share the walkway, it is the biggest open area so there is plenty of room.

I still have hopes for Easter lambs but the girls have some work to do tonight.

Lonesome Egg

The school didn’t want to try and hatch the poor blue egg that wouldn’t fit into the incubator so I was left with a tough decision, should I throw it away or jury-rig a home made incubator? The home made incubator won.

I grabbed a lamp and a thermometer and positioned them on a table in the little guest bedroom so I could establish a temperature of just under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I next took a small wash cloth and bowl and set it up as a nest. The blue egg was placed in the nest and it was joined by a brown egg that was laid that day to keep it company. I regulate the temperature by either opening the door or raising the nest by flipping the bowl over or adding a book underneath the bowl. I wrote numbers all over the eggs to keep track of rotating them, and a splash of water is added every so ofter to try and keep the nest a bit moist.

I have no idea if the two eggs in the “Macgyver” nest will hatch, but I figured I would give the little blue “too small for the incubator” egg a chance at life.