what I have learned about eggs

“wakey-wakey eggs n bakey”

Take a close look. See any difference? The one on the left a light lemon yellow and flattish. The one on the right an orange color, the yolk standing up firmer. Pretty easy to tell which one came from the chickens on our back yard.The ones that get let out to roam and eat grass and bugs and run around a bit.

The yolk has all the fats and lipids in an egg. Egg yolks are wonderful for dogs coats. Our dog gets one in his dinner most nights. Usually I slightly fry one up, so the yolk is still raw but the whites are cooked. Dogs, so I hear, have trouble digesting egg whites. Although it didn’t seem to bother our dog when he was stealing eggs and eating them shells and all. Maybe forbidden fruit digests better? We also give him coconut oil. I just cook the egg in it. That is also supposed to be magic for dogs.

Store bought eggs are cleaned and treated with a bleach solution to try to kill off salmonella. You must keep them refrigerated or they can deteriorate quite quickly.

Home grown eggs should not be washed until you are ready to use it, just wipe it off if needs be. They can be kept in the fridge too, but do not have to. If you little red hen has hid them and you finally find them, maybe with a clutch of 12,  which means at least one is 12 days old, you can still eat them.

When the hen lays them there is a protective layer on them that dries on the shell. This keeps bacteria out while the hen keeps laying. If they are not washed, the protective layer works for you too. Once its washed, that layer of protection is gone and the porous egg-shell can now be infiltrated with bacteria and other unwholesome things.

Ever wonder why a hen can lay fertilized  eggs at different times but have all the chicks hatch at once? It’s because they are dormant until the hen sits on them and the temperature of the eggs goes up. They all get warmed at once, they all start growing at once, they all hatch at once. And boy, are they cute?

Did you know tests done on free range eggs,  eggs from hens that really and truly roam around a pasture all day, have several better qualities for you? They are lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, while having more vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, more vitamin E and D and lots more beta carotene. Thats from all the chlorophyll. The hens eat grass and other greens and the chlorophyll breaks down into more beta carotene for the eggs. Which is what makes the yolks so orangey. Nifty, huh? So “let them eat grass!” should be the mantra. I know when we keep the girls locked up for a while, no roaming privileges, the egg yolks are lighter, more yellow and less orange.

Our hens love flying bugs. Crawly bugs don’t impress them much. But if one of those bright green beetles flies by they get very excited, running and jumping a lot like raptors from Jurrasic park. I would hate to be one those beetles. The funny thing is, it’s almost like the buggers want to get caught. They will fly blithely through the cage, somehow not even realizing how close a brush with death they had, then turn around and fly right back into the pen! They rarely make it out alive a second time. Next thing I know the hens are fighting over a leg or a wing. Yep, tiny feathery dinosaurs is all those chickens are.

Here is an egg tip. Lets say you hard-boiled an egg. Then you wanted it chilled so you put it somewhere in the fridge. But then someone else comes along trying to be oh-so helpful and puts it back in with the rest of your eggs, never wondering why it might be out floating around on its own in the first place. Now you get to figure out which one was the hard-boiled one without cracking it open.

Easy! Just spin it. Yep, if it spins quickly, it is boiled. If it wibble-wobbles and spins slowly, it is still raw and the yolk is sloshing around inside slowing it down. There is your egg tip for the day.

Oh and for those of you that want to stand an egg on its end, but feel they need to wait for the equinox, never fear. You can, maybe, with much patience, stand an egg on its end any ol darn day of the year, not just on the vernal equinox. Sorry if I am raining on your astrological parade.

“Step lively, the boss is watching!”


One thought on “what I have learned about eggs

  1. Well, thank you for your poultry knowledge, I wondered how my nesting hens sit day in and day out ,,,,, then are walking around with 13 babies! I thought they would hatch 1 day at a time and she was hiding them! Thanks!!

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