I Dream of Poultry with the Light Brown Feathers

"Chicken with Old Truck" by John Harvey

For those of you that have been following the blog on a regular basis, you all know that there has been a goal for this family since getting our own home. That goal is to one day have laying hens to supply us with eggs for cooking, baking, and possibly selling. The only thing holding us back really, aside from money, is waiting to see how my cholesterol numbers look before we think about an egg-heavy life style.

That being said, one can hope for the best. In an attempt to educate myself (and possibly the husband, even though he grew up with them) about chickens and the various sorts, I introduce to you a series of posts entirely about chickens. This is in no way meant to be a tutorial on chicken husbandry. This is simply my way of sharing what research I find. By writing I increase the amount of knowledge I retain and have the added bonus of passing that knowledge on to others.

The articles in mind will look at the following:

  • General chicken information (history of chicken raising, reasons, ability…)
  • Small coop designs (for flocks of up to ten)
  • Initial coop set up (including a cost break down)
  • Ways to obtain chicks (Murry McMurry, local stores, local farms…)
  • Bantams vs. standard size hens (pros, cons)
  • The necessity of a rooster (to have or not to have)
  • Posts on different species of chickens
  • Chicken health (illnesses, immunizations, controversy)
  • Chicken feed (natural, pellets, misc.)

If you have ideas, thoughts, and information about chicken raising, by all means, feel free to share!


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  2. Jamie says:

    I’ve managed to adjust some of my recipes to egg whites instead of the whole egg. It requires more, but is do-able. :)

  3. I’m just trying to figure out what to do with the yolks. (Aside from using it as a hair conditioner.) I think we’re at the point where I might just consider cooking them and throwing them in the woods.

  4. Jessica says:

    Just as an aside, egg whites contain an enzyme that helps your body break down and eliminate the cholesterol in the yolks (so just don’t go making a lot of hollaindaise or lemon curd…eat the whole egg together). Plus, eliminating the yolks in recipes means that you lose all the awesome fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin B, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and lecithin (that is just a couple). It kills me to think of the powerhouse of nutrition you are throwing away with those yolks, habitsofamouse and Jamie !!! :( At least feed them to cat and let him/her be sleek and healthy. Also, eating egg yolks internally improves your hair more than using them topically. Again, it’s those fat-soluble vitamins that you need to build healthy hair and skin, and to nourish your organs. Sorry about the rant, it just made me sad that people throw out the most nutritious part of the egg :(

  5. First off, thank you so much for commenting on my blog.

    Trust me ,Jessica, if I could, I would feed them to our boy. He won’t eat it…raw or cooked, I’ve tried. I’m going to ask the vet at our border collie’s appointment whether or not she can have them on a semi-regular basis.

    My big issue with the cholesterol amount is that my HDL is over 250, which is horrendous. Depending on what my new PCP says, I may be able to return to the life of eating eggs. ;-) (By that, I mean the three to four times a week I had been eating them.)

    I don’t blame you for getting on your soap box (which I think you did very gracefully). Like I said in response to Jamie, my yolks wouldn’t be thrown away. Worst case scenario: I toss them out for the wild critters.

    Thanks again for posting, hun!

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