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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Disturbing Realizations
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mhkrabat From: mhkrabat Date: August 11th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As of last fall, I only need to go out to the back yard to get fresh eggs. They are so rich and bright that if you normally would have two eggs, one from our girls will do. They are huge and wonderful, but yes, the shells can be thin. At times so much so that they don't survive the laying. And for hardboiled they are not so good as they don't peel well and they often have the outer 1/4 inch of white stuck to the shell. Why is this? Because they are too fresh I'm told. It also has to do with the intake of calcium in the diet. Hard to believe there's a drawback to fresh eggs but when you want one hardboiled, fresh are not optimal.

Another possible reason for thin shells is the eggs come from hens past prime laying age. This is sort of comforting to me as the lucky old girls are kept around and doted on instead of being culled. Thats sort of a short version of how we happened to get 4 laying hens. They were believed to be past prime laying age. Since last fall they've provided us with over 500 eggs. Not so bad for has-beens.

Average store bought eggs can be weeks to months old by the time you buy them. Aged adequately they are better for hardboiled than our fresh ones.

A neighbor farmer recalls always having chickens around and consequently, there were always hardboileds to eat. The farmer method of eating them was to cut them in half and scoop the goods out with a spoon.

We've since gotten 6 chicks which are almost full grown, which will be taking over egg laying duties, and the old girls can hang out and provide tips on being a chicken
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