Eggs – the difference and the life of chickens

Battery and our free range eggs in comparison
Battery eggs

One of our guests left us with some eggs – caged eggs.

I thought it was absolute fascinating to see the difference in eggs when I put some of ours into the egg carton too. Keep in mind that our chicken are mostly ex-battery hens that once used to produce those cage eggs. They were not considered good and productive enough for the batteries and hence would have been culled if we had not taken them.

I am just so glad they can still live a happy life.

Please if you can do one thing for animal welfare: Stop buying any of those cage eggs. If you like some more information, please have a look at Battery Hen Rescue and Rehoming. I am sure you find many more search results on the web.

Rescue or resident ducks?

Over the last couple of weeks several female Mallard ducks have been released back into freedom. The two which we released two weeks ago have turned into a permanent resident feature.

Closeup view of a frizzle hen sitting in a wooden nisting box

Cuckoo style eggs

Contrary to Honky, our frizzle hen Fluffy has been broody for several weeks and been sitting on no eggs – chicken brains are funny. So we decided we give it a go and shoved the three duck eggs under her. She’s been a happy chicken now for two weeks and very protective on top.

4 Mellard ducks plus male and femals Paradise duck in the paddock next to a concrete water trough

Ducks teaming up

A few times in a row I have now been observing them in the paddock in the morning, making their way up the hill back to the house.
Down at the pond or on their way up they must have met our resident paradise ducks.

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