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Liz's Smallholding Diary - Free range means more eggs?
12:20pm Tuesday 4th September 2012 in News
My two year old hybrid layers are still producing three eggs between five of them on a daily basis (and more at the beginning of the year) which I find quite a decent amount. But I have
noticed this drops down on the days I have to keep them confined to their (quite spacious) run. We do have a bit of a fox problem so I let them out when we are working round the yard which is
most of the weekend and in the evenings on weekdays. If I have to go out in the evening and they can’t go out I do notice a drop in eggs. They are fed on 16% protein pellets,
scratch feed of wheat in the evening, veg scraps from the garden and often have a vitamin supplement but nothing seems to work as well for egg yield as going out and scratching
I haven’t had to buy eggs for years – in fact I am quite grateful for the winter when we get a few less and I don’t have to think of a 101 ways with eggs. The bantams have done rather well lately so it is going to be a huge omelette tonight and I am wondering if a piece of rather too blue Stilton could be used instead of the not quite so blue normal cheese! We’ll find out later on – another adventure in culinary ‘how to use up left overs’. Add tomatoes and spinach from the garden and a few glasses of wine before hand and I feel sure it will be delicious.