Chicken talk of yolks

The recent government rules on keeping chickens in / away from migrating birds which might be carrying H5N8 bird flu –  has made me do something I have intended to do ever since we stopped keeping goats.

When you mainly cook from scratch and grow a lot of your own veg, and buy the rest from local sources, you end up with a lot of peelings. Especially when you like to have a lot of different types of vegetables with each meal!wp_20170226_12_56_25_proNow this was never a problem when we had goats – there was always the bucket for the edible scraps for the goats and the bucket for the compost heap. The latter generally only had onion skins, citrus skins and teabags in – judiciously mixed with torn cardboard loo-roll tubes and such stuff.

When we sold the goats, prior to putting our beautiful house on the market, the vegetable peelings joined the compost bin . . . even though I kept saying to myself that I ought to prepare them for the chickens.

With the chickens compulsorily being kept in closed-off quarters I eventually did something about it!

I first found that if you just give raw peelings, toppings ‘n’ tailings, outside leaves etc to the chickens they will peck at it … but they will not clear it up efficiently … for that you need to give it a light cooking.

So, after I have cooked and served-up our meal I now drop the whole pile of peelings into the largest pyrex bowl I have already used (in cooking the meal) and pop it in the Microwave for 10 minutes. wp_20170226_14_47_25_pro

When it is cool I put it back into an old bowl (or a re-purposed sweet tub even) to take out to the chickens.

They love it – especially with the odd soft apple, from the apple store, sliced up in it too.

AND as a bonus, now they are back out on the grass and getting the extra veg-peelings regularly too, we now have the deepest yellow yolks going – yes even darker than usual – and that was pretty good anyway – and yes – this is the actual colour  – it is not a trick of the light.wp_20170301_07_06_42_proSo we get to eat tasty, rich, healthy eggs and I get to feel even better now that the peelings are being used properly again.

What do your do with your veg peelings?

Are you a chicken keeper?

You know I love to hear from you – do share

🙂  Ann

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4 thoughts on “Chicken talk of yolks

  1. Your eggs look really great! Do you sell the surplus. No chickens at mine, so it all gets composted! We take turns to compost peelings from our fortnightly Luncheon Club, too!

  2. Hi Jean,
    Thanks, yes, the eggs really are great – and when I have a surplus I beat them in sets of 9* and freeze them – for the time of year when they chickens only lay enough for day to day use (*9 eggs required in the recipe I use when I make three fruit cakes at once – as I usually do – it’s our tea-time staple) So – generally I do not have surplus to sell. If I ever have to buy eggs I like to get them from the Country Market – where other people, who keep their hens like I do, sell their surplus.
    Composting is good too – where no other use can be found 🙂
    best Ann

  3. We don’t keep chickens but living on the outskirts of s small city in Delaware we feed all kinds of wild life (48 varieties of birds on our count list) and bats, flying squirrels, raccoons, possums and foxes.

    I lightly cook all peelings and they are gobbled up immediately, mostly by owls and squirrels. Every now and then we stop putting out anything, even seeds, when rats have been seen in the neighborhood. This is rare luckily and maybe because there are two great horned owl roosts in nearby trees and we have plenty of hawks.

    I enjoy your blog extremely and thank you for it.

    • Hi Erika, Thank you for letting me know you enjoy my blog … it is good to know, especially as I am aware that my topics can be rather diverse!
      It is good to use up the veg-scraps in a productive way – and feeding the wildlife sounds good to me. Your list of wildlife looks quite exotic from the UK! I can well imagine that with two great horned owl roosts you are not troubled by rats for long!
      thanks for reading – best Ann 🙂

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