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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fresh Eggs

My friend Anna has chickens. Seven chickens to be exact. In her backyard, right here in Suburbia, U.S.A. I love it. I think she’s cool for doing it. Her kids love it. Yesterday when I stopped by her house, she gave me a half dozen fresh eggs. When I say fresh, I mean FRESH. As in, I-saw-her-take-eggs-out-of-the-chicken-coop fresh.

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These are officially the freshest eggs I’ve ever eaten. The girls and I made scrambled eggs for dinner last night and they were delicious. We made cookies, too, and I only have 1 egg left! (That 1 egg, by the way, is sitting on my counter. Why? Because it can and I love it.)

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Here’s another shot of the eggs in all their dirty, fresh-out-of-the chicken glory. Aren’t they beautiful? I want chickens. Wait, what’s gotten into me? A few fresh eggs and I’ve completely lost my mind!

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Anna agrees, these are the ‘orangest’ yolks we’ve ever seen.


  1. You can’t beat fresh eggs. Great photos!

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    You do take lovely photos! I’m so glad I have a way of bribing you to come visit! 🙂

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    We just got 5 chickens about a month ago and it has been very interesting to watch them grow so quickly! I can’t wait for the fresh eggs but it looks like I will have to wait for about 3 more months! Drat.

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    Someday, when I don’t live in student housing, I WILL have chickens!

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    We had 7, then 6 (3 year old was *playing* with the girls, and put one in the plastic tote we stored oyster shells in only to be discovered a couple days later) hens at our old house. I miss my girls, but the new buyers wanted to keep them – and it saved us the hassle of having to hurry up and fortify the new coop at our new house.

    We have 20 laying hens on order – to be delivered in exactly one month (waited until after 4th of July since we’re leaving town). New coop is on its way to be Wiley B. Coyote proofed (we’re living in the country now). I cannot wait until October/November when the girls are laying, I miss fresh eggs so much.

    We also ordered 25 meat chickens and we’re going to raise 3 steers (1 to put up, 2 to sell to pay for the feed costs) and a couple lambs next spring too. Our goal is within the next 12-18 months we’re not buying any proteins from the store except for fish (and hopefully that will be come less too – I can use that to justify a trip to Alaska and Mexico once a year for Salmon and Tuna fishing – right). And, even though we’ve only been in the new place a month, we got about an 1/8 of an acre planted for the garden and next year that will be doubled in size to about a 1/4 acre.

    Jane – I would love to share some of our canning recipes and experiences here! I am so excited for the garden to start producing so we can start canning again.

  6. i want chickens! but I live in a apartment 🙁

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    Since we moved to the country 5 years ago, I’ve wanted chickens!!! I keep telling myself, maybe next year. However, we have enough people in our area with chickens that we only by farm fresh eggs. We are completely spoiled and will never go back. They have so much more flavor – the bright orange yolk is a bit shocking at first, but so delicious!!! Enjoy!

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    Patty – don’t wait! They’re really easy, great entertainment, and wonderful weeders! You can order chicks just about any time of year (we did our recent order from McMurry Hatchery). Hubby’s going to build a couple “Chicken Tractors” too, so we can contain the girls in specific areas that need more weeding from time to time on our property. LOL. And if you garden, composting the straw from the hen house makes the best soil amendment around. :o)

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    Oh, gosh, this makes me want to move into the country and eat a lot of eggs!

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    Jane – love the pictures! We had egg sandwiches last night with fresh from the farmer pastured eggs, and they were soooo good. All I kept thinking to myself was “you must remember to order more of these before you run out.” I haven’t made any friends with chickens yet so I order mine from a nearby farmer who makes drops in town once a week!

    Happy egg eating!

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    We have pretty much stopped buying eggs from the grocery store and get them from our farmer’s market. Fresh eggs are WAY better than what you buy in the store! Our market is open year round now so I can get them when I need them. Our city has gone back and forth about letting people have chickens. For now it’s a no go and I’m not sure how they would do with our dog around. I think she would harass them too much!

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    I came across some fresh, cage free eggs a while ago and when I broke into the shells I thought something was wrong with them because the yoke was such a strong vivid color. I’ve only known the pale color from store bought eggs and had to do a google search to make sure they were good to eat haha But they tasted wonderful and I wish I could get them more often!

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    We’ve got 32 laying hens, 16 chicks of varying ages – and will never be able to handle a store-bought egg again. We have several egg customers who have called or come back because they were worried – they’d never seen an orange egg yolk before! They weren’t sure it was an “okay” egg with the yolk that color! My kids are completely spoiled – they always worry their friends’ moms will make them eggs for breakfast when they spend the night – and they KNOW how awful those eggs will taste!

    BTW – having chickens, IMHO, is the best therapy known to man. If you’re stressed out – go hang with the girls for a while, and you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a laugh in your heart!

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    I just love it when you chicken owners call the chickens “the girls” – it always makes me smile. makes me want “the girls” in my backyard just so I can say “the girls”

    and I love hearing about all of your chicken and egg experiences!

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