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They’re Laying!!!

Back home and starting to get settled into regular chores and a few moving ahead projects.  Despite coming home to sub zero temps, 1/4 inch ice, and swirling snow, just two days later it is starting to melt and at 33 degrees F (headed to 44F just before dark), it’s not too bad outside.

While i was gone, my silly Welsummer hens began laying – thank goodness – they are about 7 months old and until this past week had laid not one single egg!  Apparently, they had not read the book that they are a breed which starts laying at 5-6 months.  Granted, i am willing to give them a pass because i did accept them after June 8 (because of Nathan and Heather’s wedding and knowing we would be gone, i didn’t want baby chicks around), so that put them going into the shorter days which is typically when hens start laying fewer eggs.  And these gals are truly pastured hens and never on a high powered ration.  But when 6 months rolled around, i’m thinking they ought to be laying something!  I  checked them and most had developed the visible and measurable signs of being mature enough – yet no eggs.

Here’s the lovely dozen eggs i found this morning!  In the photo, the lighter colored one is from a purchased dozen of eggs from the store which say they are on pasture.  Here’s the interesting part, that store bought egg is considered a large egg yet is very similar in size and weight of these first eggs laid by my hens.  In other words, my hens didn’t start with pullet sized eggs, they started in with mediums and larges!  And beautiful shell color.

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Remember that the color of the shell has nothing to do with the quality of the egg nor does it tell you anything about how the hen was raised. The color of the yolk can be darkened by the ration fed to a caged hen  (marigold and/or corn).  Anyway, my hen’s eggs were all frozen, so these first ones will have to be thrown away since they could be contaminated because of cracking.  But maybe we’ll get some today to collect.

Stay warm and have fun!

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Welsummer pullets hard at work keeping spiders and crickets from getting into the house last fall (2019).

 

Deviled Eggs

While i’m making devilled eggs for Refuge Ministries in Mexico, MO, this is a great opportunity to not only share my recipe, but also talk about food.  Like most real food, there is little NO waste when preparing eggs.

For the meal today, I’ve hardcooked 5 dozen eggs – that’s a total of 60 eggs and of those 17 ‘failed’ which is to say there is some reason they don’t qualify for use as a devilled egg – might be the shell split, the yolk busted free, or it’s just misshapen.  Whatever the reason, even when the eggs are sufficiently aged (eggs peel better when they are at least a week old), sometimes they just don’t serve this purpose.  But don’t throw them away!

 

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Here’s those ‘failures’ perfectly suited for chopping and using for roast beef, tuna, or salmon salad.
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Normally i use organic brown mustard and organic lemon juice, but i was out.c,xms