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Chicken Eggs: Feed Yourself and Your Family for a Lifetime
Apart from being eaten, chickens are most notorious for laying eggs. These eggs serve many functions, ranging from being a source of protein to humans to hatching into new chicks that grow into chickens (another source of protein).
To harvest healthy eggs, factors like the kind of chicken feed you give your chickens, hygiene, and how often you collect the eggs. Often, farmers have issues when it comes to picking eggs; this is why this article is a must-read for every poultry farmer.
How many eggs do chickens lay per day?
From six months old and beyond, female chickens (hens) start laying eggs, with or without their male counterparts. Although the first set of eggs laid might have soft shells or funny shapes, subsequent eggs are usually normal.
Under normal conditions, a hen should lay at least one egg per day. Factors like nutrition, genetics, and so on might have an influence on how often it lays. Calcium is necessary for chicken feed to ensure the production of eggs with hard shells.
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When should I collect my chicken eggs?
Usually, chickens lay their eggs on or before 11:00 am, so the best time to collect the eggs is in the morning so that they don't get dirty or broken. A routine check for eggs in the evening is advised especially in periods when chickens lay eggs the most. Chickens are known to break and eat eggs sometimes, so don't forget to check and collect eggs regularly.
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How do I collect my chicken eggs?
Eggs should be collected in plastic egg trays or plastic baskets that are easy to clean and disinfect. Using containers that cannot be easily cleaned will encourage the accumulation of dirt on the eggs especially. Metal containers are not advisable because when they get rusted, they can stain the eggs. Also, avoid having too many layers of eggs in one container in order to prevent cracking or breakage.
Apart from the aforementioned, keep the temperature around the eggs cool and relatively constant, especially before cleaning. Rapid temperature change makes the eggshell contract, and during this process, it might pull in dirt, thereby contaminating the eggs.
It is important to keep the chicken coops clean so that the eggs you gather will be as clean as possible, and you do not have to spend much time cleaning them. Make sure you have enough shavings on the floor of the coop and change them often.
If an egg is broken in the coop, clean it immediately. The point is to make the coop as clean as possible so that the eggs can be clean, too. In the process of collecting the eggs, you might acquire germs; always make sure you wash your hands immediately after picking the eggs.
How to clean and store chicken eggs?
Keeping your eggs clean will prevent them from getting contaminated and protect you from falling sick when you eat them. Eggs can be cleaned with a dry sponge or sandpaper (dry method) or can be washed (wet method).
The dry method, however, is preferred because it keeps the protective covering of the eggs that help to fight against bacteria intact. A dry method of cleaning eggs should be used when you do not have plans to store them in the refrigerator. Eggs can be stored either in a refrigerator or out, in a plastic tray.
How and when you collect your chicken eggs influences the quality of the eggs in the long run. Storing the eggs properly helps to preserve the quality. We hope by now you have gained a thing or two on how to properly collect eggs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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