We’ve (read: I’ve) purchased our eggs for the past year from a local gal with a large backyard flock. They are DELICIOUS, beautiful, an inexpensive-ish protein (we pay $4.50 a dozen, the same price as we would at the store for free-range/organic eggs.) She has a variety of chickens, so we get a variety of sizes and colors. Before you gasp at the price, absolutely these cost more than grocery store eggs. Way more. But, we use four dozen a month. The price difference, per month, is about $10 I think. (What are Costco eggs running these days?) We don’t buy a lot of meat, and for us the taste of the eggs and better living conditions of the chickens is completely worth a few extra dollars a month.
**Quick fact check: White eggs come from…white chickens. Brown eggs come from brown chickens. Generally. Americaunas, aka Easter Egg Chickens, lay green or blue. Egg shell color has NOTHING to do with nutritional content. Brown eggs typically cost more, because the brown birds weigh more, and eat more feed, so they cost more to keep around per egg. Yeah? Yeah.
I got really excited last Fall when I found out that a new piano student kept chickens in his backyard…frugal and shameless, I suggested a swap: eggs for lessons! The girls are laying again, and I got my first dozen eggs this week.
It’s still early in the year for their girls, and egg production is spotty. The smallest in the flock is laying her diminuitive eggs.
And the ducks are merrily laying these clonkers. (The egg carton couldn’t even close properly over these eggs.)
I scrambled up four of them to go with a mess of greens (a leftover bunch of kale, and a bag full of collards from Mom’s green house.) Four eggs made a little over ONE CUP of liquid. Four eggs fed four people. Wowzers! The taste is different- richer, heavier, more filling. Comparing duck eggs to chicken eggs feels like comparing whole milk to skim.
We eventually want to add a little flock to our backyard, and Mrs. B says she loves her ducks. They waddle around, they’re kinder to kids than chickens are, they lay huge eggs, and lay more consistently through-out the year. They DO need a body of water to paddle in- she uses a horse trough that’s easy to fill and easy to dump into the garden. However, they poop a LOT. They want to poop in the water, so it has to be cleaned daily. I think we have a few years before I feel comfortable adding a band of poultry girls to our life, so lots of time to think it over…but until then, lots to think about! (Has anyone else eaten duck eggs? KEPT ducks?
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