Backyard Eggs

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.

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Jasmines first egg 8/4/2012

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.

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Two of the ladies lay large eggs, two lay regular eggs and Mini lays small eggs.

Ed

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3 comments
  1. sbm64 said:

    So, is the egg size related to the size of the lady?
    Like if she has big Feet are her eggs Big?

    • I don’t know. Mini is our smallest chicken and does lay our smallest egg. If it is the size of their feet, if Jack could, his eggs would be very large.
      Ed

  2. Those are some awesome egg numbers! We have 5 hens and 1 surprise rooster as well – not counting all the new baby chicks.

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