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US Egg Consumption Hits 20-Year High

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Despite the rising popularity of vegan diets and plant-based alternatives to animal proteins, America’s per capita egg consumption is currently at its highest point in two decades, according to data from the American Egg Board (AEB). The average American ate 279 eggs per year in 2017, up from 275 in 2016. “When you start multiplying […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens for Eggs

A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens for Eggs

It’s no secret that farm fresh eggs are tastier and better for baking and cooking than the store bought kind. Raising chickens for their eggs can be a very rewarding endeavor, but there’s a lot of preparation that goes into it. So what do you need to know to get started?     Prep Before […]

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Embryonic Exposure to Light Could Affect Chicken Temperament

Embryonic Exposure to Light Could Affect Chicken Temperament

We know that eggs must be properly incubated in a warm environment for them to form healthy, well-developed chicks. But what if the amount of light that eggs are exposed to during incubation could have an effect on the temperament of chickens as well? According to a paper recently published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, […]

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Study Finds Free-Range Eggs Contain More Vitamin D

Study Finds Free-Range Eggs Contain More Vitamin D

With the days getting shorter and the cold weather driving us indoors, we could all probably use a little extra vitamin D this time of year. Well, according to a study conducted at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, you can find a whole lot of the “sunshine vitamin” right in your back […]

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When Will My Hen Start Laying Eggs?

When Will My Hen Start Laying Eggs?

The age at which a healthy hen lays her first egg depends, in large part, on her breed. Chicken breeds that are developed primarily for high egg production may start laying soon after they reach four months of age. Many backyard breeds start laying at the age of about 5 months. Chicken breeds that are […]

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Five Ways to Preserve Surplus Homegrown Eggs

Homegrown chicken eggs are seasonal. Sometimes you have too many, sometimes not enough. Here are five ways to extend the shelf life of your fresh homegrown eggs, to preserve the surplus for days when your hens take a vacation from laying.     1. Do Nothing You may be surprised to learn how long clean, […]

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Scientists Use Laser Spectroscopy to Sex Chicken Embryos

Scientists Use Laser Spectroscopy to Sex Chicken Embryos

A team of researchers from the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Leipzig has developed an innovative new way to sex chicks before they hatch. The technique is 95 percent effective, and could potentially eliminate the need for commercial poultry operations to cull millions of day-old male chicks each year.   So how […]

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