This is the grand finale to the chicken series. And what a tasty finale it is.
One of the main reasons people decide to keep a backyard flock or add them to their homestead is because of what healthy hens produce; eggs.
Hens typically lay several eggs a week. So far, our hens have laid most every day, with each hen usually taking a day off at some point during the week. We never have a lack of fresh eggs. Not only is it pleasing to the soul to gather those beautiful, smooth ovals each morning, but if you have never tasted the difference in a commercial laid egg and a farm fresh egg, you are in for a delicious treat.
Most commercially sold eggs have a pale, yellow yolk. My personal belief is the yolks are pale because these chickens don’t ever get to see the sunshine and hens need sunshine to lay healthy eggs.
The yolk on the left is the commercial egg and the right is the farm fresh egg, you can see the difference in color.
Farm eggs have a rich, full taste instead of the flat, pale taste of a commercial egg.
The living conditions of commercial layers is deplorable. They are typically crammed into a tiny crate where they are given food and water, but never allowed to feel the earth under their chicken toes or taste the crunch of a fresh beetle.
When you raise your own flock, you control what feed is used and what chemicals are being exposed to your girls. Once you taste the distinct flavor of fresh farm eggs, it is impossible to go back. Hens are a delightful experience; there is nothing like the joy that comes from caring for an animal and in turn it cares for you.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief chicken journey.
Until next time…