I just talk about why chickens are probably the best critter to have on the homestead or prepper retreat.
Eggs actually keep a long time, too. In the store-bought era, we’ve come to think of eggs as a fast-perishable food, like milk, but that’s really not the case.Eggs have taken a bad rap from The Big Cholesterol Lie....They are as close to a complete food as you can get. They DO NOT raise your cholesterol and also contain a couple chemicals that lower your risk of heart problems...Each egg contains 6-7gm complete protein (you need 40 gm a day to just barely survive and 60 gm+ to thrive).
One of the best things about chickens as a food source is that you don't have to worry about storage-- you have a continuing daily supply of eggs and can slaughter the birds one meal at a time.
Aye, we had eggs on our counter, then put in the fridge, then back on the counter back in October. We ate the last one Wednesday.Our eggs never see a refrigerator, and they don’t get cleaned. Off the counter top, we routinely eat eggs that are a few weeks old. A few days ago, we ate eggs that were almost a year old, at room-temperature the whole time, stored in water and lime. They were completely indistinguishable from “fresh”.
I agree fully except for one detail missing. This is only true if there is a rooster and the eggs are fertilized. This is important for hormone balance.Eggs have taken a bad rap from The Big Cholesterol Lie....They are as close to a complete food as you can get. They DO NOT raise your cholesterol and also contain a couple chemicals that lower your risk of heart problems...Each egg contains 6-7gm complete protein (you need 40 gm a day to just barely survive and 60 gm+ to thrive).
Umm.There is no appreciable difference in the dietary value of "yard" eggs and the commercial variety. A bit more color in the yolk, usually, perhaps a harder shell. Even so, I would prefer to have chickens on the place for all the reasons one keeps livestock. I do not worry all that much about the "shoebox", a chicken is not a philosopher nor are the conditions that bad. No *, no owls, no foxes---the shoebox chicken has an easier life than most.
I remember that egg study! And I've always wondered why nobody followed up on itUmm.
The "shoebox" chicken has a miserable life. And if you've raised chickens, you'd know that they do have personalities. There is no reason to be cruel to any creature, no matter the length of its life.
I've been to a "cage-free" facility. It was a chaotic, filthy mess, a ginormous building one could not enter without first donning a re-breathing mask. The birds were miserable and pretty much bald of feathers. I would reject those eggs on that reason alone, but there is data to suggest that truly free-range eggs are, indeed, nutritionally superior.
The 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project.
Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene