Around here... Getting a chicken coop


 After a year of living in the country we finally got some chickens. 
We had an existing shed on the property that Donnie remodeled into a simple and perfect inside/ outdoor coop. In one weekend, he built it up for us, including the kids in all the planning and preparing.  A friend of ours had three hens that were already laying eggs daily, so we scooped them up from her, avoiding the baby chick ordeal. As cute as baby chicks are, for now, we didn't want to get stuck with a bunch of roosters... so this was a sure bet for us... and easy. 

Before we went and picked them up, we did a home school unit study about taking care of chickens. It wasn't as in depth as I would have liked it to be, but it covered some commonly used terminology and explained the basic life cycle which the girls enjoyed. Mccoy has recently started using a computer for  for research purposes, and it gave her an opportunity to practice using google for definitions. I've tried to keep my kids off of electronics, no video games or Internet etc...  but I am slowly integrating the computer in for McCoy since she will be in fifth grade next year { gulp }



The most exciting part, meeting our three new pets. { oh wait, actually our first egg was equally as exciting } The girls named their hens, Goldie, Prinkle and Charlotte. We let them free range half the day and then the other half the day, we have dogs that free range. lol. Some people have trained their dogs to not eat chickens, that's an admirable thing there, but quite an undertaking we just aren't prepared to commit too. { right now }








Goldie < above > is by far the most independent.. and brave hen.
She was the first to lay an egg for us, and the first to let the girls easily pick her up.
The others have started laying eggs now too, and are comfortable now with the kiddos picking them up. They are three great little pets.

For about a week.... no eggs.
and then we prayed. { duh }
and the next morning, EGGS.

And So now that we are getting eggs. I have been researching the best way to store fresh eggs.
This is where you come in, chicken people.
I had a similar thread on Facebook going and I am loving all of that I'm learning.
Some people wash and then refrigerate.
Some refrain from washing until using, and store in a dry place { not a fridge }

How long do you feel comfortable leaving fresh eggs out?
How soon do you try to use them?
and do you have a preference in the refrigeration process?

Any other tips are more than welcome here.
I have found some great resources online, but it is always good to hear from real people I know.



3 comments:

  1. Currently I wash with warm water (never cold) and a soft brush, and store them in the fridge. Once we have more counter space in our new kitchen, I'll have a basket with dry brushed/ not washed eggs. They'll last a few weeks, but we never have a problem eating them in less time than that. :)
    Peace, friend.

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  2. Currently I wash with warm water (never cold) and a soft brush, and store them in the fridge. Once we have more counter space in our new kitchen, I'll have a basket with dry brushed/ not washed eggs. They'll last a few weeks, but we never have a problem eating them in less time than that. :)
    Peace, friend.

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  3. We only wash the ones that are dirty but we actually put the date on ours so we make sure to eat the old ones first. we store in the fridge in cartons. If we end up having to many we just share with out neighbors. Enjoy!

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