I recently posted a quote on Facebook about the length of time eggs are around before they actually reach the supermarket shelves.
Thankfully the information I posted was not relevant in Ireland. Here, thankfully, the egg moves from hen to shop in 4 days. Which is very good news, further more, my good friend Ruth Conefrey told me ” little known fact … Every commercially packed egg is 100% traceable. They each have a stamp that identifies the county & unique identifier of the packing centre (where they are boxed). Then the packing centre keeps traceability records for all the eggs they pack – so an egg can be traced right back not only to the farm but also to the hen house! Very interesting things eggs!”
We have 11 hens at the moment, and have just ordered delivery of 3 more, with 3 ducks and a turkey! Very exciting!
They live very happily behind a small electrified fence in the orchard on the farm, and the egs are collected by wiling hands every day, although the young ones soon learn not to put a hand in a nesting box with a hen in it, it’s the quickest way to get pecked! When collected, the date is put on them, and we try to keep track of how many eggs we get each day.
We were always told the Cuckoo Marron were the best layers and mothers, and we only have one of those left, (she’s the big speckled lady), but over the years have expanded into a number of breeds. I have to admit to not having a single hen-whispering bone in my body, my eldest has that talent. They love me to feed them, but NEVER go into their house when I want them too!
We tend to use all the eggs laid, I love a boiled egg on a sunday morning, with some freshly baked soda bread. Nothing nicer, or more Irish I think. With lots of tea, and followed up with some marmalade on yet more bread!