We’ve gotten 5 beautiful eggs so far.
It’s exciting to go out and find them. My son really enjoys this. He gives Snuggles a hug and says,”Oh, Snuggles, thank you for our egg!”
It’s pretty cute.
I’ve noticed some stark differences in the eggs when I compare them to conventional ones. Size is one difference. Our eggs are about 1/2 the size of the eggs my husband brought home from the store last week. The other difference is color of the yolk.
For those of you who don’t know – the egg white becomes the chick and the yolk is what nourishes that chick while it develops.
Since I took this with my cell phone, the photo isn’t as obvious as I saw in person, but if you look closely you can see which is the conventional egg. Our eggs have a more formed yolk, there are five pictured above. They are deeper orange and smaller than the conventional anemic and flat looking yolk. (Did you guess the big flat runny looking one on the right? YOU ARE CORRECT!)
The other thing I noticed about them is the strength of the shell. Whenever my hubby buys eggs, he always gets the conventional ones. (He’s still a save a penny on food guy) and whenever we crack these eggs, shell goes every where. I’ve noticed they are thin and fragile. Not our egg shells, you can give them a swift crack and they don’t crumble in your hand. I believe this is a sign of how healthy the chickens are.
Our chickens get to play outside every day. They often get free range days, as long as we are home, to eat grass, bugs from the garden, and to explore our large back yard. We decided to enclose the very back end of the yard so the fox don’t end up taking any away when we aren’t looking – so over all they can roam about an acre or two. They have a large coop – that my husband custom built that sits above ground and has a fully enclosed play yard where they always have access to the outside, fresh air and dirt.
All and all, it’s a good life. For all of us. I am so grateful for the gifts these chickens have brought into our lives this year. I am grateful for the experience, the education, and ultimately truly grateful to put food that we are fully connected to on our table.
In Vibrant Health and Happiness,
Tammi Hoerner, CHHC, AADP, MH
Founder and Director of New Beginnings Health & Wellness
In partnership with Healing Minds, PLLC