Backyard chickens are fantastic entertainment. They run like little old ladies holding their skirts up, they always assume another hen has something better than what they’ve got and chase each other to get it, and they squawk and chatter with extreme personality.
Aside from all this free entertainment, they also provide us with a multitude of fresh eggs.
Because of their more varied and nutritious diet, hens that are allowed to roam and eat what they find produce eggs that are nutritionally superior to store bought eggs.
Eggs from free range hens have
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
On average, we get one egg per hen per day. Right now we just have 3 hens, which doesn’t sound like a lot. But three eggs a day add up quickly.
I frequently find myself looking for recipes that use a lot of eggs.
Today I thought I’d share some of the best ones I’ve found and tend to go back to time and again.