I’ve stated before that the 3rd reason I got chickens was the fresh eggs, now that I’ve been getting fresh eggs for almost 6 months I might have to move them up in status. The eggs are amazing, and when I run out, I know there will be more next morning. Like magic.
The first egg was a surprise. The chicks came home April 4th, 2012, one day old, six little yellow fuzzballs. So when Jasmine laid the first egg on August 4th, my wife and I were very surprised. Four months was just too early. I had blocked off the nesting boxes so the chickens wouldn’t roost in them and Jasmine was making a fuss out in the leaves behind the shed. Looked like she was trying to make a nest around her. I went back a little later and this is what I found.
I opened up the nesting boxes and two days latter an egg appeared in the nesting box. Then the eggs started coming. One-a-day, two-a-day, three-a-day ——— till we got to five-a-day. The ladies (I have five hens) produced five eggs a day almost all fall. On thanksgiving day our 500th egg was laid. Amazing. We are over 700 eggs a week ago and still producing.
With the colder temperatures and the shorter days there are more days with 4 eggs than 5. Still very impressive.
“Mother Earth News” had an article on free-range eggs vs commercial eggs. What I got out of it was that my eggs may contain:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
than commercial eggs. Lets see if we can set up a link to this article. “Meet Real Free-Range Eggs”
Yesterday we got 4 eggs, here they are.
Two of the ladies lay large eggs, two lay regular eggs and Mini lays small eggs.