Chicken Dance

dscn2397My two new hens. Abigail Adams is on the left. She has a crooked butt. Henrietta is on the right.

I visited my sis the other day and she gave me two of her Rhode Island Reds. For some reason I got the runt of her group. She must really have a complex, because, seriously her butt is crooked!!!! I’m not kidding. She looks like the hunch back. The hen that is…..NOT my sister!!!!!!

My hens didn’t take to these new girls very easily. They shunned them for three days. Poor little Abigail Adams was picked on mercilessly. Those hens went at it in the coop. Feathers were flying.

Yesterday morning, I noticed that they were now trying to make up. I’m guessing that Annie, my Coo Coo Moran is the top hen. She allowed Henrietta to eat with them and roost with them. But poor Abigail Adams was still too afraid to go near Annie. Last night I had to put her up in the roost with the others. But I don’t think she stayed there. She was huddled in the corner of the coop again this morning.

Everyone seemed to be on speaking terms this morning. But poor Abigail Adams is still keeping her distance. I hope they warm up to her soon.

I wanted to show you the difference between hens that get lots of greens and those that eat organic feed. Not to dis my sis.

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My egg (rear) from hens that eat greens and my sis’s egg (front) from hens fed organic feed.

Not only is the yolk oranger, but the taste is unbelievable and the nutrients are greater.

Here are some important facts about egg yolks taken from The Incredible Edible Egg Yolk

“One important set of nutrients that should not be overlooked is the long-chain essential fatty acids. Egg yolks contain the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is necessary for the brain and proper retinal function in the eye, and the long-chain omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid, which is required for the healthy skin, hair, libido, reproduction, growth and response to injury. These fatty acids are primarily needed by young children, pregnant and lactating women, and people with degenerative diseases involving oxidative stress, especially those of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s. While fatty fish and cod liver oil supply DHA in larger amounts, egg yolks have an advantage over these foods because they also contain arachidonic acid and because they do not contain EPA, which interferes with arachidonic acid metabolism.”

Arachidonic Acid makes up 12% dry weight of the brain!!! It’s really an important nutrient. Every morning I eat 1-2 raw eggs in my shake. My brain thanks me.

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