Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

Chicken CAFO

Let’s face it. One reason many of us keep backyard farm animals is because we want to decrease our levels of unintentional chemical residues that make it into our food stream.  Continue reading Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream


How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?


Thank you all for attending the 5th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour! We had about 1,000 attendees and it was a huge success!

In the upper right corner of this blog, under the page Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour, you will see some new pages we prepared for the tour. We will continue to add to this throughout the week with pictures and videos.

If you haven’t done so already, either follow this blog, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to get your name into the drawing for a dozen duck eggs. Continue reading How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

Yellow Yolks

picture of eggs with very yellow yolksOne of the wonderful aspects of farm-raised eggs is the lovely yellow yolks. A free-ranged egg yolk stands up (because they are fresher) and the yellows are more colorful then industrial eggs with their so-often pale yellow yolks.

If you buy farm eggs, you know this to be true, but have you ever wondered why? Continue reading Yellow Yolks

Coddled Eggs

coddled eggs

Wanting to try something new, I thought I’d learn how to make coddled eggs. After reading several recipes, here’s what I did:

I took some custard dishes and rubbed the inside with a bruised garlic. Then, I rubbed the inside with some butter. I cracked today’s freshest eggs into the bowl, poured a little cream around the edge, seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil. Continue reading Coddled Eggs

BuzzQuack’s Smallest Egg!

After Thursday’s Most Magnificent Egg, something crazy happened in the coop.

I don’t know what the other hens were thinking, but apparently there’s a competition going on between the hens. So, exactly one day after the large egg was laid (it was 7.5 cm tall by 4.5 cm wide and 3.8 ounces) one of the hens deposited the tinsiest egg ever. Continue reading BuzzQuack’s Smallest Egg!

Thanksgiving Egg!

3.8 Ounces

After spending Thanksgiving out of town, I returned home and, among other little chores, visited the chickens to collect the day’s eggs.

I might have been disappointed to find only three eggs, but that feeling quickly vanished  when I saw the size of one of the eggs. It is ginormous! Continue reading Thanksgiving Egg!

Chicken’s On Strike!

I have heard of it happening, but I couldn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. My chickens are exercising their rights to collective bargaining! I’m perfectly willing to entertain their demands and will give them almost anything to keep them laying those delicious eggs, but there is one problem–I only speak broken Chicken and their English is much worse. Continue reading Chicken’s On Strike!