Eggsplosion

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It may not feel much like spring the last few days, but the chickens certainly know what season it is.

Instead of the few eggs a day we were getting in the winter, the hens are now giving us about 3 dozen per day.  That’s full capacity for our little flock.

Every year when this happens, we have to figure out how to spend our springtime egg jackpot.  Not long ago we had customers practically begging us for eggs.  But nowadays, when everyone who owns chickens suddenly has more eggs than they need, demand goes way down.

But there’s no danger of eggs going to waste.  We have plenty of loyal customers, and we eat our fair share too.  Our dog Ginny gets them in her diet too.

Now is the also the time to freeze eggs.  It’s also a good time to bake and freeze egg-rich goodies, like pound cake.

In a worse case scenario, we can feed them to our pigs.  That’s what the pigs are hoping for, but it isn’t likely to happen.

Meanwhile we’re brooding two dozen chicks who we’re hoping will contribute to next years spring eggsplosion.

It’s a great time of year.

By the way, y’all should go check out Laura’s post on her always entertaining Applewood Farm blog.  Her chickens not only ramp up production this time of year–they also hide their eggs.

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22 comments on “Eggsplosion

  1. Joanna says:

    Hahaha I made pound cake the other day too! Can’t think why. Mind you, I think I am going to go easy on the sugar next time, it was far too sweet

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  2. shoreacres says:

    How nice that the chickens are gearing up production in time for Easter egg dying! I’ll be buying an extra couple dozen this weekend. It’s one of my favorite traditions. If I ever find a workshop, I’d like to try my hand at Pysanky.

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  3. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, every thing that has life knows that Spring is here or very close to being here. Spring flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to bud, and grass is starting to grow. I think that I’ve stated before that this is my favorite time of the year. Before we know it Spring will roll into summer and heat will be the issue. Chickens are like any other animal. They will reward you from their joy of seeing Spring arrive. I’m sure they are happy about being able to get back to scratching around in the dirt. It is their favorite pass time after all. Today I’m going to work on the irrigation system for Terra Nova Gardens and maybe a little on the sweet corn planting area. Terra Nova Gardens is starting to clean up really nice. Spring clean up always looks so good before the weeds start trying to make a come back.

    When does your market begin? Ours doesn’t begin here in Nebraska until the latter part of June or first part of July. Cold weather greens are not a big seller here so it’s not worth the effort to grow them for the early market. The warm weather vegetables will draw more of a crowd and then perhaps the people might buy some greens as an after thought. More and more people in my neighborhood are growing their own tomatoes but still there are many that don’t for me to give them away.

    Have a great dry Spring planting day.

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    • Bill says:

      Our market opens the first weekend in May. Hopefully we’ll have some cool weather veggies available: asparagus, lettuce, kale, collards, etc.

      I’ve been complaining about the wet ground delaying planting but it might have been a blessing in disguise, as it’s turned bitterly cold here and tonight’s forecast low is in the 20s! Now I’m worried about the plants I did manage to get into the garden. March is just going to do what it wants to do!

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  4. Sue says:

    Lucky you!
    And just in time for Easter coloring

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  5. Nature just knows when to turn on the production. 🙂
    I’ve never thought of freezing eggs. Do you have any tips?

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    • Bill says:

      To freeze eggs, just crack them and put the eggs in a freezer-ready container. You have to break the yolks. Only put as many as you will want to cook at one time into each container. Some people freeze them individually, then put them into a freezer bag so they can take out as many as they need when they’re ready to cook them.

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  6. Admin says:

    OMG – Love your post. Just saw a guest post you did over on Survey of Christianity so I thought I’d come on over and check out your site. So funny so I had to sign up to “follow”. Have a great day.

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  7. Yup, I’m in the same position, but they seem to be selling just fine. I guess I have a fairly consistent clientele at the farm stand. I had Laura’s problem last year when my old flock were escaping all the time – I am still finding the occasional stash of eggs – usually by stepping on them !

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    • Bill says:

      So far ours are moving well too. This time last year we ended up with more than we had uses for.
      This afternoon I found 24 eggs hidden in a corner of the coop. I didn’t know ours were up to that when I typed the post.

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  8. Farmgirl says:

    How do you freeze your eggs? Curious. I had to purchase some at Thanksgiving when the girls went on strike and I was none too happy!

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    • Bill says:

      There may be other ways to do it, but we just crack them and put them in freezer-ready containers. You do have to pop the yolk. Just make sure you freeze them in batches that are the size you’ll want to cook when you thaw them. Some people freeze them individually then put them (frozen) into freezer bags so they can take out as many as they need when they’re ready to cook them.

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  9. Eggsplosion here too. With today’s eggs I’m planning to make and freeze a lot of lemon curd. Great stirred in yogurt.

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