We have four chickens who lay the most beautiful eggs. A beautiful flawless egg, with a healthy thick shell that’s tough to crack (unlike the papery thin supermarket variety), a yolk that’sbetter for you — with less cholesterol, less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acid, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene. Eggs that don’t contain antibiotics, used to treat infection and disease in overcrowded egg factories. Chickens need a minimum of 3 square feet per bird. Their natural behaviour is to scratch and forage for food — feeding on a varied diet of bugs, slugs, grass and weeds. They eat green bin waste and are natural composters that produce the best fertilizer that’s rich in nitrogen. They rid our garden of pests and weeds. They are the perfect garden companion — low maintenance, sing us songs (boy can they sing!), and honour us with these wonderful gifts.
Brown eggs: by Jenny Green eggs: by Sunshine Pink eggs: by the Gabor sisters…figures.
So this is why we did it. Even though it’s illegal to own chickens in Toronto, we’ve joined an ever-growing movement of others, who want to make some really good eggs for breakfast – from really happy chickens. Okay…not to sound like a tree-hugging activist, but please – take the time to visit Toronto Chickens and sign the petition. We are closer to getting this by-law changed. Council votes again in the spring, so the time to act is now.
Pink, green or brown, it’s all the same inside. Did you know you can
determine the colour of a chicken’s egg by the colour of it’s earlobe?
Hubby: “Where are the chickens? you didn’t show them the chickens”
Me: “Next post!”