Thursday, March 27, 2008

Let's talk about the eggs, shall we?

Or maybe a moment of silence is more fitting. We have just started getting these eggs (some are for my neighbor) from my cousin Alisha.

Before that, we were trying to find eggs that had been produced by hens in a cage-free environment who had not been given antibiotics and who had been vegetarian-fed. That was a tall order, and there was only one company that seemed to promise all those things. I say seemed, because even though the birds were in a cage-free environment, that doesn't necessarily mean that they were treated humanely.

My cousin, on the other hand, adores her chickens and feeds them a perfect diet. That white egg in the center is a duck egg and it was huge (and tasty). The other eggs range from light to dark brown with brown speckles, as well as lovely shades of blue-green.

I only wished we lived closer so she and Ed could teach us all they know!


athena said...

and you can tell the difference between a good egg and a not so good egg by the colour of the yolk. great photos of the eggs by the way!

Corrie said...

athena - you just made my day! these yolks are much deeper in color than store bought eggs.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty eggs!!

(The feed just worked, btw)

compulsive writer said...

I have wanted chickens for so long now, but I'm afraid the neighbors would complain and I don't want to risk losing my husband's pigeons, which are his only means of escape. I do love fresh, free range eggs.

Alisha said...

Those eggs look better than when Elena brought them in! Here's a post we did several years ago after getting quite a number of ridiculous questions about how we could get eggs without having a rooster. Turning chicken eggs into edible eggs!

-ed & alisha

redhead83402 said...

Corrie ~ what lovely shots of the eggs! We have also reached a point where we feel our kids are just so detached about where food comes from, and how it is produced. As a result, we are doing a huge garden ( larger than any before) as well as raising chickens. For our family of 7, 10 to 12 chickens will fit the bill nicely. And they don't actually need a rooster to produce eggs, so no 4 am yodeling. Also, unbelievably, but often true, there are few laws regarding chicken keeping. Check with your local laws first, of course. Our town has laws against disturbance of the peace, odor & unsightlyness, however, if chickens are kept well, & cleaned up after often, they are no less of an issue than a nice dog ~ in fact, better, since they won't sound off at all the other neighborhood dogs, and their manure is actually quite useful for composting.