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Fresh eggs - no salmonella 
Aug. 23, 2010 6:41 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2010 2:51 pm
After three straight weeks of 100+ degree temperatures, I was getting pretty fed up with my hens. 

Face it, chickens are dirty, nasty, and fowl (ha ha - admit it - that was funny ) creatures.  And when you live in an area with 100% humidity, having to trek down the ole dirt road to feed, water, and clean coops in 100+ degree weather (not to mention wasps, mosquitoes, gnats, noseeums, and those hideous grasshoppers and locusts buzzing about - shudder), I was THIS close to saying chuck it all .... until the recent egg recall reminded me of the benefits of home grown products. 

As soon as the egg/salmonella news hit, I was inundated by friends and family members wanting to know if I had any extra eggs. Even my daughter who (cringes at the sight of a brown egg) swung by unexpectedly asking me for a couple dozen eggs (playing up the *for your grandchildren* sympathy routine lol). 

And so, as I head prepare to head off this morning for ye ole hen coop, I feel a little more love in my heart for my hens.  They'll be getting an extra treat today.

Aug. 23, 2010 9:36 am
If keeping chickens was legal in my city (and if I had a backyard instead of a teensy balcony, lol) I would totally have some hens. My boyfriend and I were talking to his vegan sister recently about pets and keeping chickens. We wanted to know if she would eat eggs produced by her own chickens, because her biggest reason for being vegan is cruelty to animals - and if she kept her own, she could control how they're treated and what they're fed. She thought about it for a long time and decided that she would eat eggs if they were produced by her own chickens - and I think she's totally right. It was an interesting discussion, that's for sure. Anyways, I'm jealous of your chickens, have fun with your homegrown eggs!!!
Aug. 24, 2010 5:37 am
enjoy your fresh eggs, my son took care of laying hens one year, I loved always having eggs in the house. It was a good little business for him. The farmer down the road has hens so I get mine from him-still cheaper than the store but I do run out occasionally.
Aug. 28, 2010 2:37 pm
Yes, it is a smelly job and thankfully now it is well worth the effort to have home grown. I get mine fresh from our local vet. What a blessing!
Sep. 16, 2010 2:51 pm
Bravo to you for continuing despite the hassles & smell! My neighbor charges $4/doz at Farmer's Market & always sells out. I don't afford that but have been thinking of having 3 or so hens - they can free-range & also stay in a mobile fence to fertilize 1 of the yards....
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