11th March 2020
“I went to the store today and bought some really ugly shaped eggs. Now I can’t find them. I think they’ve been mislaid.” ~ Laffgaff.com￼￼
GC talks about consumer confusion when faced with buying eggs – different sizes, different colours and different prices. He was interested to know how the rest of us deal with the egg dilemma, what are our choices.
For most of the time, while living here on the farm, we have kept hens, chickens if you prefer. The hens we kept were free-range, allowed to forage and roam the fields as they wished, returning to the enclosure to lay eggs in the nesting boxes, peck at the mixed corn and roost in their hen hut just before sunset.
Occasionally we lost one or two to the foxes, and usually because one of us had forgotten to lock the hen hut. Now and again a brave fox would try his luck during daylight, and when that happened, the remaining hens were confined to the high-fenced enclosure for a while.
Keeping hens had its drawbacks, and for me, it was the rats. Vermin are never far from outdoor food. Once, a rat ran over my foot. For a while, I refused to go near the hens, but on the whole, my late husband did a good job of keeping the rat population in check.
They say you are never more than 10 feet away from a rat. I can’t believe that one, though I don’t doubt they are always close by. The other day in the supermarket carpark (Sainsburys Otley) just as my son and I were getting into his car a rat ran underneath the car and narrowly missed my son’s feet! But, I digress.
My favourite part of keeping hens was collecting the eggs, each egg was a different shade, and if I timed it just right, the eggs were still warm to the touch. I am told there is nothing like eating a freshly laid egg; unfortunately, I wouldn’t know because I am allergic to eggs and have been since the age of eleven.
So what about the Egg Myths – are brown eggs better than white eggs? No, they are not; inside the shells, the eggs are exactlythe same, both in taste and nutrition, the shells differ in colour because of the breed of the hen.
Do white hens lay only white eggs? No!
What about the eggs advertised as high in omega-3? All eggs contain naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids, mostly in the yolk; this can be increased if the hen is fed a diet that is supplemented with flaxseed.
So, what did come first, the chicken or the egg?
If you know your bible, then you will know that first, God created night and day, then he created the world, the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, next he created the animals on the land and the first man. He didn’t mention anything about creating the egg before the chicken!
On the other hand, maybe that big bang we’ve all heard about was an extra-large chick smashing its way out of an extra-large shell!
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Wednesday Challenge ‘Marketed Eggs’ from Weekly Prompts.
Picture Credit: Eggs and Clipart courtesy of Google