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Discussion in 'Feathered Friends' started by Team Peanut, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    Well finally on Christmas morning my buff orpington pullet became a laying hen :)
    She has been producing daily since Christmas. Some times 1 egg some times 2 eggs.
    Here is a picture of her first 2 eggs.
    Here is her first half dozen eggs (she is now up to 14 eggs though :))
  2. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop


    Are they fertilized? Are they edible?
  3. KateNLeo

    KateNLeo Big Dog

    Beautiful!!!! Congrats!
  4. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    They are all edible or how i tell my niece they are breakfast eggs. I don't have a rooster so no baby chicks for me.

    Thanks Kateandleo :)

    I been really happy with how they look for first eggs. They taste great too :)
  5. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    Whaaaahooo! What time's breakfast?
  6. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    For Ruby is mid afternoon lol
  7. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    Wait...I thought the egg had to be fertilized to be edible? Non-fertilized eggs still have the yoke and everything?

    Mmmm, eggs. I make a multi-grain whole wheat bagel with a fried egg and cheese almost every morning. If I get bored with that I'll scramble my eggs with green pepper and onions and have toast. Love my morning eggs!
  8. KateNLeo

    KateNLeo Big Dog

    Fertilized egg = future edible chicken

    Unfertilized egg = present edible breakfast

  9. momtosadie

    momtosadie Big Dog

    The eggs that you buy from a grocery store that are produced in large commercial hatcheries are not fertilized. They keep only hens, indoors in small cages. They never go outdoors and never see a rooster in their lives. There is virtually no difference in fertilized vs non fertilized eggs as far as taste - however if a fertilized egg isn't refrigerated and eaten soon, a chick may start to grow and of course the egg is not edible. Roosters are unecessary for egg producing, as long as you keep your hens fed and warm they will lay eggs, when they start to get older production will lessen. I'm not an expert, but my grandma had a small home business back in the 1950-1970 and kept 40 plus laying hens and sold eggs to local stores (the regulations were so much different back then). Her hens were free range however, they had a large pen to roam in and didn't have cages, just roosting boxes to lay their eggs. The difference in taste is huge. She also kept separate roosters and incubated fertilized eggs in the spring to hatch chicks to sell in the local feed store. I used to help her gather eggs and feed the hens etc.

    Those eggs you got look like they are nice sized for her first eggs. And two eggs a day is pretty darn good. I envy you having fresh eggs, there is nothing better. Until recently our good friend and neighbor kept a small flock and we bought our eggs from him. But he decided to stop and now we are back to the store bought and I sure miss those good eggs.
  10. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    This morning i got to wake up to the egg song. She usually doesn't lay early but today she left me one brown egg and one pink egg. I got to use my egg basket since she laid them together instead of once early afternoon and one late afternoon
  11. SemasMom

    SemasMom Big Dog

    Yay! EGGS! It's about time!
  12. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    Gosh this is exciting! Nothing like fresh eggs! I would love to see pictures of the hen if it wouldn't startle her.
    How many laying hens are you hoping to have?
  13. KateNLeo

    KateNLeo Big Dog

    Ok, so here's a newbie question...When you have a rooster, how do you tell fertilized vs nonfertilized? Do you just gather and refrigerate both?

    I think it would freak me out at the possibility of eating a fertilized egg!! :)
  14. momtosadie

    momtosadie Big Dog

    My grandma used to pass her eggs in front of a bright light to see if there were "masses" in them (they used to use candles). Her eggs were not fertilized, however once in a while an egg would have a lump or thick mass in it and she would discard these. If an egg were fertilized you might see a lump or small speck in it or a spot of blood. But when our neighbors had hens he did have roosters with his, so you might get a fertilized egg. I would just inspect them after cracking them, looking for blood spots or lumps in the yolk. But if you get the egg from the hen immediately and refrigerate they shouldn't develop. I don't remember ever getting a bad egg, but I did check. Eggs need to be kept warm, either under the hen or in an incubator for the chick to grow. You wouldn't know if you had a fertilized egg or not. It does sound kind of weird, but it really isn't
  15. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    oh its edible... just not something normal Americans eat... or prefer to see in their pan when they crack one of those babies open. lol
  16. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    Thanks for the info.

    Just curious but I get 1 dozen large eggs for $1.19 and we go through about 4-5 dozen a week feeding the family. Is it less expensive to raise a few chickens (enough to lay that many eggs per week) and take their eggs or is it more expensive and just worth it for the freshness and taste?
  17. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    MJ, I don't have any idea how the cost breaks down but, once you have had a fresh egg there is NO comparison in taste to what you can get in the store. Trust me on this one! We get our fresh eggs from a neighbor that also owns a working farm, he gives us 2-3 dozen every few weeks. These are the eggs my children grew up on and you wouldn't really think that kids would note the difference in taste. A few years back my MIL insisted on bringing deviled eggs to a family get together. My boys were like "What's wrong with Grandmas eggs? They taste weird."
  18. KateNLeo

    KateNLeo Big Dog

    4-5 dozen a week?!?!? Holy cow!! That's a lot of eggs! They're absolutely right about the difference between fresh vs store bought. I took these pictures at Thanksgiving comparing a store bought "cage free" to a free roam local supplier.

    JRSPITS Big Dog


    Congrats on getting your first eggs! Those are huge for first eggs.


    We have 22 hens and go through 50lbs of feed a week at $16.99+tax. We averaged 12-18 eggs a day a month ago and production has started to drop to around 10 due to winter. Plus the electricity to heat the water and bedding for the coop and nest boxes. It isn't cost effective but if you can sell a few dozen for $2-3 you may break even. If you factor in our startup supplies: coop and run then we'll never break even. But the ability to have fresh eggs from happy chickens whenever you want them is priceless.
  20. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    Never mind. My husband is a puss. He says I can't have chickens for eggs and/or frying because he can't eat someone he knows...

    I envy you guys. *sigh*

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