Most people seem confused as to why we would have chickens when eggs are so cheap at the store. I always tell them that chickens are easier to keep than a dog, they make less mess, they eat bugs, they are very entertaining and they give you beautiful, delicious, healthy eggs.
The eggs you buy in the store are just so-so. The pale yellow yolk shows the lack of variety of diet and access to greens. Most commercial eggs are produced by over-worked chickens who spend their lives indoors under artificial light. They are crowed into small spaces and only have processed food in their diets.
If you buy free-ranged chicken eggs, you pay a lot more money and still aren't guaranteed that you would get the benefit of true free-ranging.
Our girls are happy as they can be. I don't even have to supplement their food right now. Everything they eat comes from the ground. They are laying giant eggs with great hard shells. And the taste is like nothing else!
|This is one of our eggs cracked into a bowl of cheese that I use in a baked pasta dish. See the color? ORANGE! |
Here is a link to Mother Earth News that shows the actual benefits of fresh, free-ranged eggs.
On another note, my blog friend Kendra, at New Life on a Homestead, is doing a giveaway. So head over to her site and leave a comment about the book she is giving away, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden. Looks like a great addition to a homesteader's collection.
Oh yeah and this too...
|Hee hee. Micah B is 7 months old now!|