Egg-cellent!

As many of you know, I have a bit of a chicken and duck addiction. With over 31 ducks and 100+ laying hens, our collection keeps growing.  Due to this, the building of a new chicken barn will begin in just a few weeks (if the snow ever melts!).  To add to the excitement, we finally purchased an incubator!  WOOHOO!!   We decided to test it out and see just how busy Roo has been with the ladies. Keep in mind, we currently have only one rooster, and he is at the bottom of the pecking order. He walks with a limp, due to the ladies beating up on him. There are a few girls that don’t mind Roo’s presence. Plus, he does step in and break up the girl fights, when needed.

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Meet Roo, our stud muffin!

Roo is a Rhode Island Red and seems to have taken a liking to our Easter Egger hens.  I was excited to think about the outcome of crossing these two breeds  So, we collected 7 eggs and put them in the incubator.  On day 7, we candled the eggs to check for life…5 out of 7 of the eggs had been fertilized and had viable embryos.  (Good job, Roo!) On day 21, our 5 chicks will hopefully hatch.

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This is a 7 day old embryo: Feathers are beginning to form on the tail and thighs; toes lengthen; the comb begins to grow; the egg tooth begins to form; the eye is highly visible.

I have been dreaming of starting a breeding program, since we built the horse barn.  Since Wifey is not buying into the idea of breeding mini donkeys…YET…I will have to settle on chickens and ducks, for now!

My goal was to focus on a specific breed, but making that decision seemed challenging.  How does one choose?  Well, when it came down to it, there was really only one choice… Polish!  I am so in love with this whimsical and quirky breed!

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The Stunning Ms. Flow

 

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The Marvelous Ms. Mavis

So, in just a few weeks, our polish breeding stock will arrive! We have been busy setting up new homes for our Roos, as well as a very special breeding run, aka “The Love Shack”.  Flow and Mavis might even enjoy a special date at “The Love Shack”, in the Fall.

Over all, Indigo Acres is a very busy place right now!  If only Mother Nature would stop the wind, snow and ice, we could finally begin SPRING!

Watch for more chick updates to come!

  Life on the farm is truly Egg-cellent!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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My sweet Comet

 

Hard Boiling Fresh Farm Eggs

As I have mentioned in previous entries, I am addicted to chickens and ducks! I am even more addicted to their fresh eggs. Oh, that yummy, golden yolk! Keep in mind, when purchasing eggs from the market, there is a good chance they are already one month old…at least! (Yikes!) Commercial egg farmers have 30 days to sell their eggs. The longer the eggs sit, the more the membrane beneath the shell separates from the shell, making peeling easier. This is a positive when making hard-boiled eggs. But, once you have experienced the taste of a delicious farm fresh egg, you will never go back! Trust me!

So, the question is…

Can you hard boil a fresh egg and peel it easily?

The answer…YES!

Step 1: Suppliesimg_5095-1
-farm fresh eggs (duck or chicken)
-medium pot for boiling water
-water
-slotted spoon
-medium bowl
-ice

Step 2: Boil Water Bring the water to a rolling bowl first. Do not add the eggs before you boil the water! This is the KEY! img_5125

Step 3: Add Eggs Lower the eggs into the boiling water, using a slotted spoon. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Boil the eggs for 15 minutes, regardless of size: small, medium or jumbo. While you are waiting, fill a medium bowl with ice cubes and cold water.

Step 4: Drain and ice When the timer goes off, turn off the heat. Individually lift the eggsimg_5126-1 with the slotted spoon and delicately set them a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs cool completely.

Step 5: Refrigerate & Peel
Store the cool/dry eggs in the refrigerator. When you are ready to peel, just crack the egg on a hard surface and peel off the shell. I prefer peeling hard-boiled eggs under cold water. This helps remove any small shell pieces.

Step 6: Eat & Enjoy!

Note: The cream eggs pictured here are from our bantam chickens. They lay adorable little eggs. These eggs are the perfect size for a quick snack, for you can pop the entire little egg in your month! They are also the perfect size for slicing in salads. It is always fun to utilize different size eggs in different ways! Enjoy!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You!
♥Roda

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