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Have you ever looked at all the numbers and letters on an egg carton and wondered what they all mean? I found this outline from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) very helpful. It explains the egg’s grade, expiration date, packaging date, and plant code found on egg cartons sold in grocery stores. Each […]Read more »
How to keep eggs from freezing in the coop is a concern for many of us this time of year. During the colder months each egg that you collect is like a prized possession. They can be few and far between. Having to trash them because they are frozen and/or cracked can be heart breaking. […]Read more »
Don’t you just love a recipe that you can quickly whip up before you go to bed and put it in the fridge ready for the next day? In the morning pull it out of the fridge, add the topping, and pop it in the oven. In 45 minutes you have a delicious breakfast. As […]Read more »
This is the time of year when it’s dark before dinner and the production from the chicken coop is way down. One egg today? Hurrah! Whether the lack of eggs is from fewer daylight hours, the annual molt, or just the lull before this year’s pullets begin laying (and I’m inclined to believe it’s a […]Read more »
This past weekend, I was at a local craft show/charity bazaar. There were awesome displays of craftsmanship, wood working, homemade soaps and lotions, painted gourds, baked goods and more. One booth really caught my eye and got me thinking about all the ways that chicken keepers are crafty. They have ingenious ways of turning ordinary […]Read more »
There are so many ways to gather eggs: a vintage basket, a repurposed bucket, a recycled egg carton – or perhaps your coat pockets! Many of our readers might have seen the egg gathering apron that recently went viral on Pinterest. It’s such a functional and adorable way to gather eggs from your flock – […]Read more »
Stories from the good ‘ol days (while processing chickens). We did it…Hubby and I (along with my parents) processed some chickens. Don’t worry…I’m not going to detail the butchering process. Instead, I’m going to tell you how we learned more about the good ‘ol days. You know the good ‘ol days when life was simpler, full […]Read more »
This past August, I had the pleasure of attending the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in West Bend, Wisconsin. There, I got to see Robin Mather speak about the benefits of grass-fed beef. My grandfather was a cattle rancher. I grew up, loving everything about horses and cows. Each Christmas, my grandfather gave his six children 1/2 a […]Read more »
Such a frustrating problem! Once a chicken begins eating eggs, it’s a difficult behavior to break. It usually starts innocent enough. An egg accidentally gets broken and a curious chicken gives it a try and finds that it has discovered a delicious new source of food. It soon learns that as eggs are laid, a […]Read more »
How to clean farm fresh eggs is a highly debatable topic… Should I wash my eggs? Warm or cold water? Should I use soap, bleach, vinegar? How to store farm fresh eggs is another topic that many people have an opinion on… Should I store them in the refrigerator? Should I store them at room […]Read more »