Chicken keepers of the world unite

Well there's a thread for puppies......

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23/05/2011 at 21:25
We are overrun with eggs at the moment, we had 5 today!  We barter them with our horsey neighbours for horse manure for the veggie patch, but they only have 12 a week.  Going to start freezing them for when they go off-lay in the winter.  They'll be happy tomorrow, I've been cutting up melons for a fruit salad, so there are lots of seeds to eat and rinds to pick at!
23/05/2011 at 22:26

Soup Dragon  congratulations on your first egg - an exciting event.

If you are going to poach the eggs, leave them a couple of days, fresh eggs do not really poach (or boil) very succesfully in my experience.

We are over run with eggs at present - time to make a batch of pickled eggs.

Dark Vader    pirate
23/05/2011 at 23:22

ok.. this is going to be a really stupid question..  no.. I mean..  REALLY stupid...

How do you boil an egg..?   Or..  more specifically..  how do you peel a boiled egg..?

I can never seem to peel one without taking half the egg with it..

What am I doing wrong....?

24/05/2011 at 17:41

DV - I always make sure eggs are wet when I peel them and it seems to help but I don't know why.

Another egg appeared today.   Is it usual for chickens to lay during the day?  On Johnny's advice the poached egg delight will be delayed to tomorrow. Ta.

24/05/2011 at 21:10

DV - My husband just cracks the top off with a knife and then scoops the bit in the 'lid' out. Meanwhile I am a peeler, normally go ouch, ouch, but I am good at it.

Chickens normally lay before lunch SD, most before brekkie!
28/05/2011 at 21:51

Dark Vader, as Johnny Again says, fresh eggs are not ideal for boiling.  This is because the fresher the egg, the less air inside the shell, meaning there is no space to peel them, although trying to do so under running water helps.

You can tell how fresh an egg is by whether it lies flat on the bottom of a bowl of water (completely fresh), has one end pointing up (slightly less fresh) or floats.

Planning to deal with current egg glut by giving a dozen eggs each to friends coming for dinner tomorrow, making egg custard-based bread and butter pudding for them to eat and freezing any left.  OH won't eat pickled eggs.

Edited: 28/05/2011 at 21:58
29/05/2011 at 01:09

Rosemary, I regularly give eggs to the neighbours to help compensate for the noise the girls make in the morning!
29/05/2011 at 14:56

Hopetofinish, most of our neighbours have chickens as well, we are in the semi-rural part of Essex!  We get the joys of a crowing contest in the morning between the various cockerels in the area.  We do manage to get rid of a dozen eggs a week to one set of neighbours in exchange for horse muck though, which is handy for veggies. 

29/05/2011 at 14:57

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/394136/Gallery/compressed.jpg


This is Cluckingham Palace, also known as Cluck House.

29/05/2011 at 15:07

and here are the girls and Rocky, the rhode island red cockerel:


http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/394136/Gallery/Mmmm_leftovers_compressed_0.jpg


There are five here, Mrs McQueen is lurking at the back and can't be seen very well.

29/05/2011 at 17:09


Very nice set up you have there Rosemary.

I am in the middle of a town. But two neighbours to one side have chooks its just the ones on our right that don't. To be fair to them they have never complained!
29/05/2011 at 19:08

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/223573/Gallery/rw_chicken.jpg

Brenda enjoying our garden this afternoon.
29/05/2011 at 19:20

When boiling an egg, put a couple of pinches of salt in the water.

They peel really easy after that.

30/05/2011 at 20:05
Thanks Hopetofinish, we are so pleased with the new run, it really gives us peace of mind.  Soup Dragon, that's a lovely picture - do you have any flowers left now?  Ours scratch them up looking for bugs and worms.
30/05/2011 at 20:57

rosemary - we've got a few flowers but Mr Soup is madly replanting them into some raised beds and containers. I think we might have to buy a jet washer for the patio as well - fed up of chicken poo! I love having them out of the run though.  I feel sorry for them cooped up and might buy a run extension for them, especially after seeing Cluckingham Palace.

30/05/2011 at 21:42


Soup Dragon - a walk in run is the way to go if you have the room for it. Mine really wasn't very expensive, and in the winter stays lovely and dry.

Just had a sniff by, from our resident fox. Watched it from the kitchen window. Girls were getting ready to go into the eglu and were roosting on the branches in their run. They just stayed very still as he circled. Hate foxes.

Brenda - a fine example of a happy chook!
31/05/2011 at 22:17

Another chicken owner here.... 2 exbats and 2 others that were rehomed to me.

I have the Omlet Cube, did have the eglu  but upgraded to the Cube. Love it, its so easy to keep clean and no bending down to collect those lovely eggies.

I have a walk in run too as dont trus the local foxes or cats to leave my girls alone, but they do come out when am in the garden for worm digging and stuff.

Chicken keeping is very rewarding and think everyone who can should have 2 or 3 in thier garden. xx 

31/05/2011 at 22:33


Hi Dizzy Deb and welcome!

If you can, post a pic!

One of mine has gone broody again, so have had to put on the gardening gloves to lift her off the nest as she was seriously considering pecking me!

Have to cure her of this quickly, as their is only 1 nest box, it is really annoying for the rest of the chooks.
31/05/2011 at 23:54

Welcome Dizzy Deb. 

I let my three out of the pen today and two of them just lay stretched out sunbathing.  The funny thing is they then both tried to stretch out on a chair (the same one) and then rolled over to the other side and both fell off each side - daft things.   

Hope - how do you stop broodiness?

02/06/2011 at 15:08

SD - To stop broodiness, you need to be a little harsh I am afraid. I put mine in a dog crate with food and water, and then put that in the middle of the walk-in-run. I left her in there overnight as well and just popped a blanket over the top, as it was really warm. Essentially you stop then from 'nesting' and snuggling down.

My last one I dunked its bottom in cold water which is also recommended - sounds mean but does no harm. When they are broody they sit in the hen house all day, and barely come out for food or water. It is not good for them, when there is no prospect of chicks.

Normally this cures them of it in a day or two.

The above makes me sound awful, would like to confirm that my chickens are beautifully looked after!
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