HomeAcre Homesteading Blog Hop | Top 100 Homestead Posts

I know you are excited to see the posts of the week! Last week we had some great submissions.

Featured Post of the Week – Lemon Pudding

The featured post of the week is Lemon Pudding from Going Green.

I choose this post because, well who doesn’t like pudding! Really though, lemons are one of my favorite fruits and it is definitely one of the trees I want added on my own homestead (right now we have lime, tangerine, and orange).

Lemon Pudding recipe - featured post of the week from Going Green (featured at www.PintSizeFarm.com)

Lemon Pudding – featured post

Thanks for the great submission!

The linky for this weeks submissions is below. If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to my Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page.

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7 Surprising Things About Backyard Chicken Eggs (5 Good, 2 Bad)

7 Surprising things about Backyard Chicken Eggs (5 good and 2 bad) found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Backyard Chicken Eggs

Backyard chicken eggs are different than your typical store-bought egg. But… how much different they are really surprised me! Here are a few things that may surprise you about your backyard chicken eggs.

Backyard Chicken Eggs are Healthier for you

So this one might not be that surprising, especially if you have already started your research into owning a few chickens of your own. But, if you are new to the world of chickens as pets and homestead animals, then you may not realize just how much healthier your own eggs are.

Mother Earth News published a paper (independent labs) where they found:

  • 33% less cholesterol
  • 25% less saturated fat
  • 4-6x more Vitamin D
  • 67% more Vitamin A
  • 2X more Omega
  • 3X more Vitamin E
  • 7X more beta-carotene

This study was repeated by the University of Pennsylvania. They have specifics and explain why this happens. Basically, what goes in comes back out and commercial chickens do not have access to as many vitamins (and more access to fat and cholesterol). You can even supplement your chickens with healthy ingredients that are important to you. I always give my hens flax seed to help boost the Omega content of the eggs.

The Shells of Backyard Chicken Eggs are Tougher

A lot tougher. The first few times I switched to a store-bought egg after using backyard chicken eggs I actually splattered the darn thing all over my hand. The force I have to use to crack a backyard chicken egg is enough to flatten the store-bought eggs.

chicken eggs

Backyard chicken egg shells and yolks are tougher.

Backyard Chicken Eggs Taste Better

I heard this one, but never really believed it until I ate them myself. They never taste rubbery or bland. I went from eating eggs for breakfast once every few weeks to 3-4 times every week. I guess it does make sense – garden food tastes nothing like the stuff at the store either!

The Yolks are Tougher in a Backyard Chicken Egg

I’m going to confess… I can’t make an over-easy egg for the life of me. Or, anything other than scrambled really. I try – I really do! I get that nasty plastic thing on the bottom and the yolk breaks so I end up “scrambling” it and pretending that is what I meant to do from the beginning.

Until I got backyard hens…

Now my eggs look picture perfect! It wasn’t me – it was the eggs (or so I choose to believe). The egg yolk does not break unless I break it on purpose and I never get that nasty crunchy thing on the bottom. I had to separate the eggs for a cake once and I was shocked to find that the yolk broke in both of the store bought eggs and the next three eggs from my girls stayed perfectly round even after being separated. The dropped the yolk from the last egg into the bowl from a distance of just over a foot and it still didn’t break!

A Backyard Chicken Egg’s Yolk Color is Darker

Yep, it’s true. Cook up a store bought next to a backyard chicken hen and you will be able to tell the difference just by looking at it. Backyard chicken eggs are firmer and the yolks are closer to orange rather than pale yellow.

Backyard Chicken Eggs Cost More

So much more… they are worth it, but keep that in mind before you start a flock. You can purchase cheap eggs for well under half the price it will cost you to raise chickens for the eggs. If you are interested in exactly what it will cost you then check out my post on the cost of keeping chickens on your homestead.

Yes, You will get Poop on your Eggs

This one is a surprise for some people. Chickens can (and sometimes do) poop on the eggs. If it bothers you then by all means, just wash them. It really doesn’t happen often (and if it happening often then you need to change your set-up). If it is happening often then your chickens might be sleeping in the egg box or it might be too crowded in your coop.

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HomeAcre Blog Hop | Top 100 Homesteading Posts

There were some great submissions last week! I can’t wait to see what you have in store this week.

Featured Post of the Week

Banana Zucchini Muffins - Featured Post of the Week at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Featured Post of the Week

These Banana Zucchini Muffins from Letters from Sunnybrook look delicious! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the share, Rebecca, and be sure to submit another post this week.

Now for this week’s submissions. I can’t wait to see what you guys have been doing! If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to the Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page.

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Free Fall Garden Planner!!

A Free Fall Garden Planner! Get it while you can. from www.PintSizeFarm.com

Free Fall Garden Planner

The last Pint Size Farm freebie (the summer reading program printables) were a hit and the results of the reader survey is that you would like a Free Fall Garden Planner next!

The Free Fall Garden Planner includes:

  • An instruction page
  • A table to write a mock-up of where your plants will be located
  • A plant planning page – print one of these for each plant you grow this fall. It will help you save necessary information and decide if it is worth it to plant the same variety again.
  • Suggested Fall plants
  • A resource page (suggested books, posts, and the items I use to put the planner together)

The Free Fall Garden Planner is for email subscribers. To get it you can sign up for my newsletter at the top of the right sidebar, or click right here

I have a double opt-in newsletter!!!

That means that you will have to confirm your subscription.

  • Sign up
  • Go to your email and confirm your subscription
  • You will then be taken to the page with the Free Fall Garden Planner link.

Simple and quick :)

Don’t worry – I never forget my current subscribers! Those of you who are already getting the newsletter will get the link to the planner on Wednesday and again a couple more times during the promotion so be sure to open your emails!

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Garden experiments at A Life Beyond Money: Featured Blog Post of the Week!

A Life Beyond Money: Featured Blog Post of the Week!

We had well over 100 great submissions last week! If you are looking for some great homesteading and garden articles then look no further. Grab a coffee and get to some reading!

The post of the week is The Gardens Experiments Update from A Life Beyond Money. I love garden “experiments” and she gave the conclusions of quite a few! I have a chair just like the pea chair, but it isn’t groundhogs that eat my plants, it’s ants and ground squirrels! It is a great read and I recommend everybody stop by and leave a comment.

So on to this weeks posts! If you need a refresher on the rules for the hop then head on over to the Homesteading HomeAcre Blog Hop page.

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