Part of any Self Sufficient lifestyle, if at all possible, should be the keeping of Chickens.
They are cheap to keep and you have the advantage of having the freshest, most fantastic tasting eggs imaginable.
Many of us feed our Chickens on a mixed feed that is readily available and fairly cheap, but with added greens their yolks turn an amazing deep Orange.
We have three Dogs and it is just not practical to let our Chickens roam free. Our Dogs would be pestering them, or a stray would most certainly be picking up a free snack at our expense. They have a home built Chicken Coop and a fenced in compound for them to roam around in.
I am sure many of you have a similar setup.
Super Orange Egg Yolks taste quite a bit better than the normal Eggs we get when our Chickens are fed on only a generic all in one feed. We have found that we need to supplement their diet when we can and even in Spain with a lot of parched barren land in the Summer there is always a way to get very Orange and super tasty Eggs.
The following are a few tips to get a dazzlingly Orange Egg Yolk that tastes unbelievably good.
- Grass fed Chickens would be ideal but the next best thing is to cut some grass and feed to them daily, keep the grass cuttings whenever you can and feed a bit every day before it spoils
- Make two compounds and rotate the Chickens. Grass is quickly decimated in a small space but this way you can give the Grass a chance to grow back
- Feed the Chickens Cabbages on a regular basis. It keeps them occupied and the colour of the Yolks is amazing
- Give all weeds and any greens you do not eat to the Chickens. They eat what they want and prepare the rest for the Compost Heap
Don’t forget to wear your shades when you crack those Eggs. Chickens that get supplied with regular greens will be happy for the extras, will stay occupied rooting around in the lovely freshness and will return the favour with dazzlingly Orange Egg Yolks.
For a more self sufficient future