Eggs!

Eggs are probably the main reason people keep hens and you really can tell the difference between factory farm eggs that you get from the supermarkets to the free-range variety that your hens will produce.

The amount of eggs your hens produce depends on the breed and how you care for them.

Nutrition

The eggs produced by free range hens have been studied for their nutrition content and it has been revealed that the latest studies indicate the eggs contain 2-3 times more beta-carotene, 4 times more omega 3 fatty-acids, twice as much vitamin A and the amount of cholesterol is half that compared to a factory egg.

Storing eggs

The eggs should be collected daily and stored in a cool dark place. They can be kept in the refrigerator but shouldn't be kept in the fridge door due to the fluctuation in temperature. Eggs can be stored in these conditions for up to 5 weeks. If you get any dirt or droppings on the egg you should not wash them under water as the eggshells are porous and an harmful bacteria may penetrate the shell and go into its contents. Instead you can wipe them clean with a dry cloth.

I date mine using a pencil so this way I know when to use them by...not that they last that long in my house! Using pens may risk the ink penetrating the shell and this should be avoided.

How can you tell a fresh egg to and off one?

You can't normally tell by looking at the shell of the egg whether it is fresh or not, it's only when the egg has been cracked and you can see the contents. There is one way to tell if you have an old or fresh egg before cracking it open and that is to place it in a bowl of cold water. If it floats on the top you have an old egg, if it falls to the bottom it's fresh.

A fresh egg should have good yolk colour and sit proud of a thick clear white. Runny whites may indicate that the egg is not quite that fresh or that the hen who laid it is lacking Vitamin A.

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Did you know...

Nine egg yolks have been found in one chicken egg.

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