Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sculpture by Hens


As our laying hens get older, we see more flaws in their eggshells. It seldom means anything has changed on the inside, but shells tend to be more fragile, sandpaper textured, or wrinkled. I 'll go and commiserate with the hens about wrinkles! 



When I pack eggs for the market I have to pull any egg that isn't pretty or feels strange when you touch the shell. I'm getting about eight dozen each week that cannot be sold. Angel food cake anyone? Speaking of cake, I just found a recipe for gluten free angel food cake using equal amounts of coconut flour and arrowroot in the place of regular flour. My family loves the cake and each one uses a dozen egg whites! Now I'm waiting for the flawed Prime Rib. Oh, C.S.Farmer...

13 comments:

  1. New layers often lay eggs like that too. How old is "old" for laying hen?

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  2. I didn't know hens can lay eggs like that, mind you moms skin is looking like that so she must be getting old ;) I don't think she lays eggs!!!
    Happy Easter
    See Yea George xxx

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  3. It sounds wonderful. It is funny about those flawed eggs, I get some but not that many.
    It is good you can always use them.
    Have a lovely day.

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  4. Strange...I feel bad for the poor flawed eggs. Glad you make something beautiful out of them:)))

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  5. that egg looks like a play-doh potato. :)

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  6. Wow Patrice, I'd love an egg with a shell like the first photo! Certainly a work of art :o)

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  7. We are new to raising chickens. Ours are 2 months old. This is good to know. I cant believe you get 8 dozen bad ones a week! Yikes!

    Looking forward to following your blog!

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  8. I had chickens (new layers) that had smallish eggs at first, but I am not familiar with older hens. Cool looking egg and I cannot believe you get 8 dozen unsellable eggs each week. Whew!

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  9. Thank you for visiting Yummy Mummy! I'm so happy to be following you back. I grew up with horses and chickens, and love them dearly. I look forward to reading more of your blog, and hope you'll enjoy some recipes from mine :)

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  10. I wish you were in my area, I would buy your "flawed" eggs!

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  11. wow, what a wonderful thing for you to have, and 8 doz eggs is a lot. just made a frittata that was amazing, takes 12 eggs!!

    thanks for stopping by my blog, wanted to say hello and say look forward to hearing more about your "rural" life

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