Chicken Eggs

This section covers chicken eggs. Issues with, treatment of, and general information.

  1. 5 More Ways the Chicken Egg Can Amaze!

    In the past we delved into malformed eggs and the reasons behind them, but believe it or not, strange eggs do not end there! Being misshapen is only one of the ways in which an egg can present as unusual and there are plenty more to discuss along with the various reasons why such oddities might occur. In fact, there are several more ways in which a chicken egg can amaze! It is a well-known fact that sometimes a hen has to try a time or two to get the egg laying process down pat. As pullets...
  2. Interesting Egg Facts

    How much do you know about the incredible, edible egg? There is a lot to know about the wonder that is an egg, both of a factual nature and that which happens to be old wives' tales. Eggs are likely the most interesting of all foods we eat, regardless of from where the stories about them may have originated. Some intriguing egg information is as follows: If you need to know whether an egg is raw or hard-boiled, give it a spin! Hard-boiled eggs will spin easily and fluidly whereas raw eggs...
  3. Aging Eggs Through Floatation

    If you are wandering about your property and happen across some eggs a sneaky hen has laid in a surprise location, your first instinct may be to rush them inside and put them in the fridge. While saving such eggs is a noble cause, you have to ask yourself what the likelihood is that those eggs are still safe for consumption. Sure, they may have only been there since this morning, (or yesterday morning, or twenty mornings ago) but how are you to know? The hen may know but it is doubtful she...
  4. Eggs of a Different Color

    Do you remember the first time you saw eggs in a color other than white? For those who grew up on a farm with chickens, chances are you may not recall a day when you didn't see multicolored eggs. Others, however, may not have known egg color variations to exist until later in life. I fall into the latter category. When I was 8 years old, I spent the night with a friend who lived in the country. Her family raised chickens and for breakfast the following morning, we cracked big, brown eggs. I...
  5. 5 Uses for Egg Shells

    It is a shame to make an omelet in the morning and throw away those perfectly good egg shells you have left over. To some, throwing the eggs away makes sense as they are seen to them as waste. To others, those egg shells are seen as precious items with a plethora of uses and wasting them seems like a shame. Whichever you prefer, be it tossing them or keeping them to reuse, here are some possibilities for utilizing egg shells once breakfast is over that you may wish to consider. 1. Egg...
  6. Categories Redefined for Certified Humane Eggs

    If you look at eggs for sale in the grocery store, you may notice many promises printed on the carton. Eggs are promised to be "Free Range" but there was always a loop hole. Those words did not quite mean what they seemed to mean. For example, free range did not necessarily mean those chickens spent their days wandering about lush pastures; it could have meant that they got to wander around a warehouse instead of being trapped in battery cages instead. The alternative free range was better,...
  7. Reasons for Soft Shelled or Misshapen Eggs

    Have you ever gone out to your coop to collect eggs and found one that was distinctly...distinct? From time to time, eggs that look or feel strange can happen. These soft shelled or misshapen eggs can have odd shapes overall or can even have strange textures or ridges. In order to diagnose the exact cause of misshapen eggs occurring in your flock, some detective work can be necessary. There are a lot of reasons why this can happen as well as contributing factors. Ruling out reasons...
  8. Would You Eat a Fake Egg?

    The incredible, edible egg...we grew up eating eggs for breakfast as did our parents and grandparents before us as well as our children after us. Deliciously rich cakes were made with eggs. Eggs were deviled. I even put an egg in hamburger meat before cooking it. Where would we be without the egg? That is a question that could soon see an answer. For quite some time there have been complaints regarding the treatment of egg laying hens in commercial facilities. The battery cages in which hens...
  9. Lead in Backyard Eggs

    Lead in chicken eggs has been a hot topic in the news lately, apparently becoming the newest topic over which mass hysteria must be created. Despite the annoyance of having one more reason for people to object to backyard chickening, there is some validity to the lead-in-eggs argument. Whether or not that validity is enough to affect your methods and means and result in change is up to each individual, but if you have or fear a lead problem, there are options for making it less of one. In...
  10. Give Life to An Egg

    Hatching chicks is an easy process, but it is a matter of patience and timing. The primary tool you'll need in breathing life into your eggs is an incubator. Above all, chicks need heat in order grow inside egg, and you'll be providing that for them. Eggs are most ready to hatch within a seven day time frame of being laid. After 10 days, the chance of nurturing them drops even further. The entire hatching process should take 21 days, but some eggs may hatch a few days early. For...
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