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post #81 of 1037 Old 03-06-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the info Lockwood! I'll be looking into getting a pair. Now's a good time I know they always sell out fast!

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Rub your eggs with mineral oil and store them in a cool dry place and they will stay fresh for months! The oil acts like the same stuff in a hen and seals out oxygen.
Cool huh? Some of you probably know this already but I was AMAZED! Going to try it myself (as soon as my girls really get going... 17 hens and only 6 eggs a day right now. )

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post #82 of 1037 Old 03-06-2012, 10:13 AM
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Welcome!
Yes, the poults do sell out fast. If you are not ready for them yet, you could always check the craigslist for your area later on in the spring.
If you go that route, you might want to ask to see the parent birds to verify breed and health. I always show my birds to folks who ask to see them-from the outside of the fence. (lest they bring bird cooties on the bottoms of their boots.)

FYI, when a hen lays an egg, she deposits a very thin coating called a "bloom" around the egg shell to seal out the bacteria and germs. This bloom stays in place until the egg is washed.
Oil isn't needed on unwashed eggs. :)

The best way to store a clean egg is pointy side down in a carton (to stabilize the air pocket) and to not wash it until you are ready to use it. Use warm to hot water otherwise cold water will push bacteria through the pores of the. If you wash your eggs before putting them into a carton, use those first before the unwashed eggs as they won't stay as fresh.

On average, a clean unwashed home raised chicken egg will last 6 weeks or better in the fridge with only a tiny little bit of drying out.
Most of the grocery store eggs you can buy are already 2 to 4 weeks old before they even get to the store and they have been dipped in chemicals to clean them.
I will spare ya'll the whole higher vitamin, less cholesteral better healthy omegas discussion of homestead chicken eggs. And the taste things. And the darker rich yolk thing.

On another note, my ducks have started laying and building nests. They don't usually start until at least April. Looks like the birds think spring has arrived!
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Tip o the day!
Rub your eggs with mineral oil and store them in a cool dry place and they will stay fresh for months! The oil acts like the same stuff in a hen and seals out oxygen.
I can't imagine how many eggs I would have if I started saving them for MONTHS! We have 9 chickens (6-9 eggs daily) plus a couple baby chicks and I've got eggs coming out of my ears! Neighbors are happy... my kiddos take the extra eggs around to them.
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got me some new little chicks today! We are going to ad them to our flock. They are 2 ameracauna chicks. I can't way to see what they grow up to look like! :)
I love my little Ameracauna hen, we named her Hawk Eye due to the feathers that floof out on her cheeks. Her eggs are the prettiest light green color ever too.
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I can't imagine how many eggs I would have if I started saving them for MONTHS! We have 9 chickens (6-9 eggs daily) plus a couple baby chicks and I've got eggs coming out of my ears! Neighbors are happy... my kiddos take the extra eggs around to them.
Too funny!
I've got my family lined up to start buying organic feed in trade for eggs!
I'll try and preserve some later JIC they stop laying for a while.
I think we are eating 8 eggs a day between the three of us, c'mon girls!

Lockwood I hear ya on quality. I've FINALLY got the new girls going and almost done mixing in fresh eggs in with the store bought. Wowzas they are so much nicer, darker, and richer, I'd almost forgotten since it's been two years.

You guys know, they actually TASTE like eggs...

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I have six hens. We usually get 5 or 6 eggs a day. We only eat about 8 a week. That means we keep all our friends and family well supplied with eggs.

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post #87 of 1037 Old 03-07-2012, 02:41 PM
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these are our ameracauna chickies. We are hoping for a blue wheaten cockeral and a buff pullet. But we shall seee :)
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Baby, Sparta, Carmen, Henry, Hooch, Mercedes, Butterscotch
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Awww cute!
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SO CUTE!!! I can't wait till mine come now.

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post #90 of 1037 Old 03-11-2012, 02:08 PM
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Doing some baking today and had walk out to get some more eggs.....

I swear I am going to take some egg shells up to the paint store and see if they can color match them! Such pretty accent colors!

How are everyone's chicks doing?
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