Three Steps To Clean, Poop-Free Eggs

Clean Eggs

If you are a chicken-keeping gardener like me, you know that the second-best thing hens give you is eggs. The first best thing they give you is their awesome nutrient rich poop! As grateful as I am for both the poop and the eggs, I prefer them to be gifted separately. Typically if the eggs [Continue Reading...]

What To Make When You Have Too Many Eggs

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It happens to almost every chicken keeper eventually, I think. Your girls are putting out the eggy goods faster than your family can eat them. Our flock as it currently stands has gifted us up to a dozen eggs in a day, and 8-9 per day is pretty typical. When I find myself staring at [Continue Reading...]

What’s In A Name? The Beyond Organic Backyard Egg Question

My mom was over and asked, “Are your eggs are organic?” “Oh yeah, of course!” I said, “We use organic feed.” But I’ve been thinking about it, and here’s the thing: I’m not sure our eggs are organic. Not really, not technically. I mean, our chickens have a good life. Compared to battery-caged birds they [Continue Reading...]

Good From The Coop: Duck Eggs

Yeah, yeah, I know, I don’t have ducks. Rub it in. But Jon Stiebrs has ducks – lots of them – and was kind enough to talk to me about how he raises ducks for small-scale, commercial duck egg production. I wrote about my love for the duck egg, and about how Jon raises his quackers, [Continue Reading...]

Duck Egg Fettuccine with Oyster Mushrooms and Herbs (Plus the Mushroom Kit Winner!)

As promised, today is the day to announce the winner of the Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom Giveaway. In a few weeks, our lucky winner is going to be sporting some serious Fungus Among Us action, just like this: But first, an idea for what you can do once you harvest your can’t-get-fresher-than-this mushrooms. [Continue Reading...]

A Half-Dozen Of My Favorite Things About Chickens

Best things about adding chickens to our backyard, in no particular order: 1. Their eggs are just better. Homegrown egg on left, organic store-bought on right. Note the larger, darker, richer yolk and the firmer, tighter white on the homegrown egg. They fry up beautifully too. 2. Chickens make very willing weeders and soil cultivators. (I wish [Continue Reading...]