Chook Chat

Some egg yolks are so orange aren’t they? 

Eggs are nature’s original superfood I’m sure you’d agree, but does egg yolk colour matter or indicate nutritional value?

Do eggs with darker yolks taste better?

For as long as I can remember we have kept chooks. On our farm in Gippsland, Victoria our flock brought a bounty of eggs, fond memories of egg collecting and a wholesome childhood.

What could be clearer? Fresh air and country living produced happy, healthy hens and eggs that were bursting with colour. 

Different yolks for different folks

Whilst the colour of our yolks were a beautiful sunset orange, the colour had very little to do with the nutritional content. 

Although egg yolk color does not indicate nutrition, many people do think dark-colored yolks are more flavorful. This hasn’t been backed by science, so you’ll have to judge for yourself.

Actually the yolk colour depends almost entirely on the pigments in the food your chooks eat.

 

What makes egg yolks orange?

Egg yolks get their colour from carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments found in vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes & pumpkin. 

Feeding your flock these as well as green plants such as silverbeet, grass, cabbage, kale and broccoli leaves will make for a rich golden yellow yolk.

But colour aside, is there any single food that provides as many nutritional benefits as the egg? Nature’s original superfood is packed with 13 different vitamins and nutrients in each serving. And to cap it off, they’re delicious!

 

Are your gal’s giving you loads of eggs at the moment?

What can you do with a lot of eggs?

I’d like to share with you one of the best and tastiest ways of using lots of eggs when your chooks are in full production.

 

My recipe for Cooked Mayonnaise 

This easy to make, delicious mayo keeps very well in the fridge and makes a perfect Summer gift.

8 eggs

2 tablespoons icing sugar

2 teaspoons salt

60 grams butter

6 teaspoons dry mustard

1 ½ cups of milk & cream mixture or either

¾ cup white vinegar

 

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and whisk briskly over medium heat gradually decreasing heat as ingredients melt & combine.

Keep whisking on low heat until thickened. Best to do this slowly. Be careful not to let it boil.

Bottle hot into small sterilised jars. Cool then refrigerate.

 

Super Mash

Provide your flock with a monthly supplement of Super Mash with 10 ingredients that perform various functions to help keep our chooks well and producing lots of lovely eggs.

Ingredients, renowned for their health benefits include seaweed, diatomaceous earth, sulphur, milk kefir probiotics, molasses, garlic, apple cider vinegar, carrot, ag. lime & high protein bran. 

So keep Super Mash up to your chooks!

Super Mash is a monthly treatment to help keep chickens healthy. It’s a natural antiparasitic that contains ACV, nutrients and probiotics to boost and re-vitalise your chickens in a natural way.

Find out more, order online and check for a stockist near you at https://naturalchickenhealth.com.au/

 

Natural Chicken Health – Super Mash is a natural feed supplement to help keep your chooks healthy all year round.

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