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Fresh, organic, free-range eggs

16 Oct

May I introduce my little flock? The  providers of the fresh, organic, free-range eggs which I use in my baking.

Enjoying their Sunday sweetcorn treat are my girls, Bianca, Tosca and Ms Fluffybum, and their handsome cockerel, Cockie. The general consensus is that Cockie is the luckiest creature in the world. After turning up in our garden one day about 3 years ago he decided to make himself at home and simply took up residence. A local farmer told me that many people who keep chickens simply throw out the cocks because they are considered “useless”. Noisy, they say, and useless because they don’t produce eggs.

Well, I can confirm that Cockie is neither noisy nor useless. He crows occasionally, often in the afternoons, and his little squawks are quite pleasant if not at all melodic. But his main job is to patrol the property and take care of his three pretty ladies. And this he does with aplomb. He’s about half the size of the girls but he’ll pull himself up to his full Bantam height and look important. He also eats garden pests!

The current lineup has changed somewhat since the first hens arrived.  Dolce and Gabbana were my very first hens, but sadly both have passed on to the great hen house in the sky. Tosca and Bianca joined us next and finally Ms Fluffybum completed the flock about a year ago.

Chickens are easy to keep and they bring the garden to life. You can’t be too precious about your flowering plants though if you want them to be free range! They love nothing more than digging around in an ornamental flowerbed and will eat any low-growing fruits (like strawberries) which they assume have been planted just for them. They also generate an enormous amount of poo, but it makes excellent fertilizer so no complaints.

So, here’s the million dollar question. Does the good life they live mean better eggs? You betcha! The yolks are bright and vibrant and the size of the eggs  – wow! Impressive. With my body-building son able to eat up to six eggs a day, the poor chickens can’t possibly keep up with him, so I have to buy eggs too.

The picture below shows a “large” supermarket-bought egg (organic, free range) and a “normal” home-made egg! See for yourself.

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