Introduction to Keeping Chickens Part 1 of 5

| 1/11/2013 11:40:37 AM

Tags: chicks, starting out with chickens, Melissa Caughey, keeping chickens, Melissa Caughey,

So, how do I go about this, you ask? Well if you're like me you read everything you can get your hands on, check the internet and dive head first into something figuring you'll just troubleshoot along the way.  However, there is some planning to optimize your chicken experiences that will make life easier.  So, lets start at the beginning.  How do I get the chickens?

Ordering the Flock 

There are a few things that you need to ask yourself before you start.

1.  Do I want roosters?

2.  Do I want baby chicks or full grown egg laying hens?

3.  How many chickens do I want?

mellisa fernandez
4/2/2013 1:50:32 PM

I only wash the eggs I sell. Most people don't want to buy unwashed eggs, even if they are clean looking. Anyway, none of my eggs sit for longer than a week so following USDA recommendations isn't an issue. For boaters and others who want eggs to last for a long time without refrigeration, I leave the eggs unwashed. I also don't wash any I might decide to brood.

cathy hill
2/1/2013 4:31:21 PM

melissa caughey
1/14/2013 6:29:27 PM

Eggs can be cleaned if absolutely necessary. I prefer to leave them alone to preserve the natural bloom (coating) that the chickens provide around the egg that help keep it fresh and bacteria out. Here is a post that I did on egg care. Much more information on this subject can be found there.

lisa steele
1/13/2013 10:40:44 PM

Eggs should not be washed because that destroys the natural bloom on the egg which keeps air and bacteria out. Lightly scrubbing off any dirt is much preferred - your wife's late grandfather was right. Lisa

michae pringle
1/12/2013 11:22:54 PM

I have only a comment and a couple of questions pertinant to the comment. The comment is this: I have heard/read that washing new chicken eggs in order to clean them off after just being laid is not good because water can seep in somehow. My question is this: Is this true? My wifes late grandfather had a turkey ranch on the West coast and would scrub those eggs with fine grade steel wool so my wife does this with our eggs. He brother and sister-in-law in Montana wash them off. Which way is better? Thank you.

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