Just look at the wonderful surprise we found this evening!
We were just going to refresh the hay in the house, but when we lifted the lid, here were these 5 little gems waiting for us! That’s Khloe (our Alpha hen). She seems to be saying, “Look what we’ve been up to while you were gone!”
These are the very FIRST eggs we’ve gotten from our girls! We knew they were going to be ready soon. Their combs have been getting much pinker and they’ve been eating like crazy! (I had read those were a couple of ways to tell when they’re about to start laying.) We weren’t expecting them to begin for another month or so though, so this really was a surprise! I’m wondering if all 5 might belong to Khloe. She’s about 2 weeks older than Kim and Kourtney. Either way, 5 eggs since Sunday isn’t too bad a start I think.
The eggs are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! They are small, and don’t seem to weigh too much more than styrofoam. I cracked one open just to take a look at it, and it has a beautiful orange yolk and thick white. I’ll have to post a pic of the next one I crack.
The eggs are a bit…shall we say “poopy”.
So, I have a few questions for the more experienced egg gatherers out there:
- I know eggs will keep on the counter as long as you don’t wash the bloom off of them. But, should I go ahead and wash the poop off? Clean eggs on the counter seem cute; poopy ones – not so much.
- What should I wash them with? Plain water? Add a little vinegar?
- After they’re washed, will they still keep on the counter? How clean do they have to be to get through the bloom?
- How long do they typically keep on the counter (unwashed or washed)?
- How long do they keep in the fridge (washed or unwashed)?
We are just so stinking egg-cited! I had JUST purchased a dozen eggs at the store last week, and I had told my husband that I hoped that was the LAST eggs I ever had to buy at the grocery store! The girls must have heard me! They’re so good to me!
So, we now have 3 hens that are laying age, 1 that’s about a month younger than them, and 2 little baby chicks that I just purchased 2 weeks ago. Not bad, I’d say. Once we get ourselves a surplus of eggs, we’ll probably start selling them. A few people have expressed interest in buying our wonderful brown, nutritious eggs from our spoiled rotten hens! Might be nice to have a little extra cash to put toward the purchase of our forever home homestead!
I hope you can sense my excitement! I’m just giddy! I’ve loved and cared for these girls since they were wee little chicks. And now, they’ve grown into beautiful ladies, contributing and paying back in their own special way to the homestead. They’re no longer pets, they’ve become partners.
Thanks in advance for answering my questions. Any ideas, thoughts, or advice are always welcome here!