Aug 21, 2011

Farm Fresh Eggs

 The colors are so beautiful, aren't they?

We love our chickens.  Don't you just love the wonderful eggs?  They taste so much better have more color and are healthier than the others.
You know what you feed them, so you can have piece of mind that your eggs are coming from the best source possible. 

We have a few chickens out here and they are a source of amusement as well as delicious farm fresh eggs. Each little chicken is as different as you and I. They are funny little characters.

I like the fact that I know that the eggs are so delicious and much more nutritious than the factory farm store eggs. Did you know that the eggs you purchase in the grocery could be as old as 45 days? When you have your own you know when they are layed. You also know what they are fed because you are the one feeding them. What goes into the chicken comes out in the egg. After the egg scare I intend to keep these few chickens too. Cholesterol is lower, also they have more vitamins. Well see below:

• 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene

I think this is a great way to have a little healthier diet and not so much work. Eventually I hope there will be a better supply of truly free range eggs and poultry that we can buy. The factory farms of today are horrendous.

Six Amazing Health Benefits of Eggs by Dr. Axe

Today I'm sharing some of our backyard chickens 

Louise a Barred Rock Hen  had a sister Thelma but a coyote got her.

Motley Crow is an Americauna EE Rooster

Cora a New Hampshire Red is great hen and layer. She is such a sweet girl.  She is molting now

Suki the Silkie Rooster is quite the character.

A group of Silkies:  On the left is Zorro just found out he is a rooster another character
Middle is Patty
Precious is on the right

Suki pouting with me in his new little house...he thinks I don't see him looking at me.

Chewy the Great Pyrenees, the chicken guard dog
He is funny himself hit the link below to check out his work
We had just about given up on having chickens out here on the farmland.We had bought some at auction they all were killed.  I hatched two batches they are now gone.  I tried everything to keep them alive.  Covered the tops of the pens.  A racoon would find a hole, in it would go.

We have had coyotes, racoons, opossums, everything imaginable for predators, but until we found Chewy.....not good..That in itself is a problem, he played with 2 chickens and killed them. We loved them so.
We have a huge chain link fence at back of 2 see I am allergic to them.  Inside this fence we have dog kennels.  We have wired bottom outside and covered tops with wire and tarps.  We have a little chicken house in each one that keeps dog out and dog keep other critters out.
I have come to the conclusion that it is a never ending learning process with live animals.
But isn't it fun?

Wonderful eggs

I'm glad you came to visit today.  I hope you've learned that eggs are not as bad as we've been led to believe.  Especially if they are given to you by some very pretty hens in your own backyard.  You control what they eat and they are much healthier for you than CAFO raised eggs.

If you can buy farm fresh eggs from someone local I advise you to do so.  You can't beat the color, the richness and delicious taste.  Compared to store bought factory eggs they are 100% better in taste and for your health.

Until next time,



  1. Hi Dolly!
    Great to meet your girls and your handsome dog too! I should have included a pic of Max our Corgi too! Thanks so much for sharing your Chicken's with us... I'm sorry you are alergic!
    See you soon in blog land!

  2. Hi Deborah!!! Thanks for having this Hen House Blog Party...I love it. I love my chickens too alergy or not they are my babies. This is fun..glad you came by love your beautiful Hen House!!!

  3. Your chickens a lovely! I have not had any of the silkies yet. And you dog looks very handsome also. I am enjoying visiting all the hen houses. We had a fox problem this spring. One hen completely gone and one had to be bandaged and watched over for a while. She is just starting to get her feathers back that my daughter cut off to get the bandage to stay on. My daughter raised chickens at her house for a couple of years before I took the plunge. Never sorry.

  4. :) How about those Silkie roosters?!? :) We used to have super mean ones, too mean for us! They would attack my husband's steel-toed boots!

    nice blog post! :)

  5. Brenda thanks for the sweet compliments. It sounds like you have had your share of predator problems too, it is always sad. They are such fun though and don't we love them.

    Sheila, my Suki sometimes gets a little hard headed but gosh he is so small I just stair at him a little hard and he calms down. You must have had super mean ones...they can be cantankerous for sure.

  6. We had a silkie once, he was a roo and super mean! He was given to someone that needed a rooster. You are right, there is nothing like farm fresh eggs.

  7. Dolly,
    Your chickens are beauties. We used to have chickens too, years ago when we lived more rural, but they were killed one night by a hungry mountain lion. It was traumatic for my little boy. He loved them.

    Chewy is beautiful too. When I had to work, my then "little" boy was babysat by a neighbor with a Great Pyrenees. They loved eachother so much. I never worried about him when they were together. That dog was so protective of my Jonnie, you'd have thought he was her pup. Jonnie grew up (he recently turned 21) and Snow (the Great Pyrenees) passed away in her sleep a few years ago. I'll never forget how loving, loyal and dedicated that dog was.

    1. Thanks Heidi! Yeah those dogs are huge and such lovable creatures. He could do some harm if he wanted to very protective. Sorry about Snow but Jonnie has his memories...