What do I do with all these Eggs?

Where have all the eggs gone? That has been our question the last few weeks. The chickens love the weather and are all over the garden grazing on the bugs. But where are all their eggs? We have over 20 hens and I usually get around 12 eggs except when they realize that I have found their nests then they have to hide them again. The last couple of days I’ve only found 6 to 7 eggs a day. Oh, the trials of not having to spray the garden for grasshoppers. It is a good trade though. Every day one of the chickens has been flying up on the porch, of course I have chased her off with water thrown in her direction, but this has me thinking that she is laying somewhere close. Well, we found the nest in the top of the building, 52 eggs and not just one hen laying up there. Each of the eggs have to be checked and cracked to make sure that they are good, and their yolks stand up nice and tall. I will freeze them for later use.

Eggs

First I crack each egg in a cup to make sure it has a beautiful, strong yolk that stands up nice and firm. Then I gently pour the egg into one of the cells of a large ice-cube tray. Our Silver Spangled Hamburg’s lay a medium to small egg as they are a little bigger than a bantam chicken and so a regular sized ice-cube tray works great.

Freezing EggsThe next day I just pop the frozen cubes out of the tray and into a freezer bag.  When you are ready to use them, thaw them in the refrigerator a day ahead of time and be sure and use them in a cooked dish, do not use them raw.

Ice Cube EggsThey will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. What a great way to help your budget in the winter time when the hens have stopped laying.

 

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