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7 Secrets to Clean Chicken Eggs

 

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People often ask me how I have clean chicken eggs when I harvest them. Today I’m sharing my secrets to picking clean eggs from the nesting boxes. As the egg is laid, the hen puts a protective clear wet coating on the egg called a bloom. The bloom seals the outer shell of the egg keeping air out, along with other harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. When eggs are washed the bloom is removed. That ultimately decreases the “shelf-life” of the egg. Harvesting clean eggs, allows you to keep the bloom intact and there is no need to wash your eggs. Here are my secrets to clean chicken eggs naturally.

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DIY Heirloom Egg Topiary

Egg topiary

I was on assignment this week from HGTV Gardens. My job was to create an egg topiary showcasing how beautiful chicken eggs can be in their natural state. Of course, I wanted to include many natural elements from the gardens. So I added a base made from a birch tree, moss, grapevines and burlap ribbon. This craft took about an hour to complete. It was a very simple process.

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Eggs In Your Pockets

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There is something about the moment of discovering an egg that you forgot in your pocket. Innocently, you reach inside to find a sweet little orb of goodness greeting your fingertips. So many feelings flood in from excitement, happiness, and elation that it didn’t break. They are sweet surprises that I usually discover when I am running the kids to school, volunteering, tending the gardens or even having lunch out with friends.

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Soft or Shelless Eggs in Backyard Chickens

Our flock is now almost four years old. This is the first year when their egg laying has completely ceased during their annual fall molt. Telling you that we miss their eggs is a huge understatement! We are down to our last dozen. However, a few days ago, as I lifted the nesting box lid, I discovered Feathers as she gracefully got up from the nesting box. As I peered down into the box, I discovered an egg. I was ecstatic. The eggs had returned.

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In The Name of Science

Earlier this week my son came home very excited from school. As he hopped in the car, I could hear the excitement in his voice!

In school, his class has been learning about formulating hypotheses and conducting various science experiments. Last week, they had to theorize what would happen to gummy bears placed in water overnight. This upcoming week’s experiment would involve eggs. I loved that they were experimenting with eggs in science.

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Spring Has Sprung

We have had so much rain over the past week that I was beginning to believe that we would never see the sun again.  Yet, yesterday it was beautiful, sunny and not a cloud was in the sky.  Despite the rain, spring is my absolute favorite season.  The spring blooms are just making the yard smell heavenly.  I love lilacs and lily of the valley.

The chickens are laying in full force too.  I have so many eggs, that we joke that we are lacking places to put them.  Do you think it is possible to become an egg hoarder?  I think it is time to make some quiche for dinner.

 

 Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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Beautiful Eggs

To me, I find eggs some of the most beautiful things in the world. I love them most in their natural form, where their beauty sometimes takes my breath away.  Not only are they beautiful for their size, shape and coloring, but their inner beauty is just magical.

 

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Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest