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“Water glassing” preserves summer abundant eggs so you can enjoy them in the winter. Most domestic poultry naturally lay eggs most during the summertime, and stop or dramatically decrease laying in the colder, darker season of late fall and winter. In the current day, many farmers and commercial egg producers will provide hens with bright […]Read more »
Salt-cured egg yolks are the most delightful addition to any meal. Story and photos by Kelly Bohling. I hadn’t heard of salt-cured egg yolks until this past year, when I took a deep dive into cooking shows. Raising quail, I naturally found myself wondering if salt-cured quail egg yolks would be possible. I was then […]Read more »
It’s about time to incubate spring chicks. Learn more about what dandling is and what you can expect to see. -Advertisement- Candling is the process of shining a concentrated beam of light through the shell of a developing egg to gather details about the embryo inside. What is a “Candler” A variety of specialized […]Read more »
Interested in free-ranging your chickens? Make smart choices and keep your birds safe with these tips from Jonathon Engels. Many chicken owners, especially of the backyard ilk, would prefer to have their birds live free and enjoy a life that few hens ever do. But in reality, that’s not the way it goes. Like chickens, […]Read more »
Chris Lesley helps us understand what to do with an egg-bound chicken. When raising a backyard flock, nothing is more exciting than collecting a carton’s worth of eggs each day. Every chicken owner puts in a lot of work for their flock, from feeding the birds to cleaning the coop, and a fresh omelet is […]Read more »
Jeannette Beranger shares some of the rare and beautiful breeds of the continental class of chickens. (All photos courtesy of the Livestock Conservancy.) Chickens come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. To help make sense of it all, the American Poultry Association (APA) splits chicken breeds into a number of categories, including […]Read more »
Jonathon Engels presents the good, the bad, and the guidelines to raising guinea fowl, so you can decide if this bird is right for you. My first encounter with a guinea fowl – and it is a memorable experience – happened in the jungles of Belize. My wife, Emma, and I were volunteering at a […]Read more »
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone. Parents suddenly find themselves homeschooling their children, fights are breaking out over toilet paper, and people are losing their jobs at an alarming rate. It’s scary out there. There are a few effects of this pandemic that are unique to chicken owners. No matter if you have two hens […]Read more »
Like most everyone else that has fresh eggs, I struggle with peeling after hard boiling them. I have tried all the traditional and unique approaches. Add baking soda to the water, or some say baking powder—boiling and ice bathing. How about a genuine egg cooker? Have one of those too, not impressed! I’ve attempted steaming […]Read more »
Summer was warm, the days were long, and you got used to having lots of eggs. Then your hens stopped laying. Michele Cook looks at the many different reasons your hens may (temporarily) have stopped laying eggs. Why have my chickens stopped laying eggs? Ugh! This is a common complaint from chicken keepers all over […]Read more »