All posts tagged: backyardchickens

I’m eggshausted…

We have a glut so I have been on a bit of promotional tour (boxing up eggs and giving them away/selling them). To be fair, before I had chickens I would have loved a box of organic eggs, from happy free-range  chickens that spend their days trashing the garden and grubbing up worms, and most people seem to feel the same. A box of eggs always raises a smile, I wonder if there is something “back to nature” about it all.    Anyway, this mild winter has meant that our hens have not stopped laying and we have been stacking them up, despite my valiant attempts to make tarts, cakes, omelettes, pancakes, egg sandwiches and goodness knows what else to use them up. The ladies responsibility for this cornucopia Lily, Nugget, Alice and Cruella won’t stay still long enough to photographed but that is my mission when I can get out in the garden again.               

Keeping hens and how to poach an egg…no really.

Keeping chickens is just so rewarding. They do tend to trash your garden (if they free-range as ours do) admittedly, and we do lose the odd one to the local foxes, but watching them scratching about, racing around at the sound of us opening the back door to see if  some tasty snack is available (grapes and lettuce being enough to induce chicken hysteria) and bobbing up at the windows eyeing you curiously, adds such simple pleasure to the garden. And then there’s the eggs. You can’t beat your own fresh eggs. And while I’m on…..you know all that “here’s a foolproof way to poach an egg” stuff you get on line? Poach it in cling film, buy a poaching pod or pan (which let me just say is coddling an egg not poaching it…) add vinegar, swirl the water, add some magic beans (I made that bit up obvs) that kind of thing? Well, here’s the truly foolproof way:- Walk to coop, take fresh egg (maybe still warm), boil pan of water, crack egg in, …