So many eggs.....

Oct 25 2013 0 Comments Tags: chickens, eggs

After the winter egg draught, its weird to have so many eggs again!  We have 16 hens, and get about -9 eggs/day, which isn't too bad considering half of them are 2 years old and 3 of them are currently clucky.  We also get the occasional egg from the guinea fowl and I can't decide if we should hatch some of them.... they have been a little bit crazy!

I thought you might be interested in the different eggs.  In the photo below, all the eggs on the right are chicken eggs.  The little one at the top is a "fairy egg", we've never had one before, and I'm not sure who laid it.  We get quite a size range, but not usually quite that small!  The egg on the top left is the guinea fowl egg, they have a pointy top and a very hard shell, they are slightly smaller than the typical chicken egg.  The one of the bottom left is a duck egg from a friend, for comparison.

eggs from various poultry
When cracked open, the duck egg is the top one, as its from someone else, I'm not sure if the colour difference is just the different feed, but the white is also whiter.  The one in the middle is the chicken egg and the guinea fowl is at the bottom.  I was surprised that the yolk size wasn't much different between the three eggs.  I put all three of these in a cake :)

When we have lots of eggs, I usually try to sell them, but it seems that most people don't eat as many eggs as we do, and it can be hard to get rid of them all!  We have 2 each for breakfast nearly everyday (and by the way they are not actually bad for you - any more!), but even then, it doesn't take long to build up an excess.  My main solution is to make a simple quiche, mainly just eggs and kale, with onion, mushroom, bacon, leek or anything else from the garden that goes with eggs.  I also make cakes and icecream (when we also have the cream and milk to spare).  I have read about freezing eggs and even drying eggs to make powder, but I have never tried this.

How do you use up excess eggs?  

By the way, my chicken eBook is now available if you want to know more about backyard chickens and using chicken tractors.  More information over at the chicken tractor ebook blog.  Or you can get it directly from my shop on Etsy (.pdf format), or Amazon Kindle or just send me an email eight.acres.liz {at}

What's the eBook about?
Chickens in a confined coop can end up living in an unpleasant dust-bowl, but allowing chickens to free-range can result in chickens getting into gardens and expose them to predators.

 A movable cage or “chicken tractor” is the best of both options – the chickens are safe, have access to clean grass, fresh air and bugs. Feed costs are reduced, chickens are happier, and egg production increases. 

 But how do you build a chicken tractor? What aspects should be considered in designing and using a chicken tractor effectively? In this eBook I aim to explain how to make a chicken tractor work for you in your environment to meet your goals for keeping chickens. 

I also list what I have learnt over 10 years of keeping chickens in tractors of various designs and sizes, from hatching chicks, through to butchering roosters.

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