Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fresh Chicken Eggs

Nothing compares in beauty or nutrition to the deep golden yolk of a home-grown chicken egg. Diet and lifestyle can determine the quality of a backyard flock's eggs.

Raising chickens for their eggs is a delightful hobby that supplements a family's diet. Understanding the effects of breed, environment and feed on the life of the laying hens can increase chicken longevity, production and egg quality.
Select chicken breeds for their rate of egg-laying and shell color. A top breed with an excellent laying rate for traditional white eggs is the White Leghorn. Blue Andelusians, Anconas and Black Minorcas all produce white eggs at a very good rate. For brown eggs, choose Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, New Hampshires and Black Australorps.
It is not necessary to have a rooster for the hens to lay eggs. A single hen will lay, on average, one to two eggs per day in laying season. This rate fluctuates based on season, age, diet and the amount of available daylight.

Hens need 12 to 14 hours of light to produce eggs. In the winter in the northern climes, the rate of laying declines as the hours of daylight are reduced

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