Some friends, who are more advanced in the whole sustainability thing, gave us some eggs that had been laid the previous day by their chooks. We’ve been talking about getting chickens for months. We have the chicken coop and the nesting boxes. Our farmer friend says he has 10 or so chooks for us – so hope to get them soon. We plan to only house the chooks in the coop at night. During the day, they can roam about.

Now, this will sound real “urban girl” but I have to tell you that I’ve never seen a box of oh so fresh eggs before. Chook feathers, dirt and chook poop were literally sticking to the shells. I had a moment of “eew” and then settled into cracking open the eggs for my Bombe Alaska.

Three things were pretty obvious: the shells were more fragile than store-bought eggs; the yolks were a gorgeous golden yellow; and the whites whipped up very fast. Mass-produced eggs have much lighter-coloured yolks. The chook’s diet dictates the colour of the yolk. Poor hens that live in a cage will just eat the grain and feeds that are given to them, whilst chooks that roam freely about eat whatever is around.

I know there’s a whole science to feeding chooks that I’ll have to learn about. But bring it on. Once you’ve tasted the difference between a freshly laid, organic egg and a mass-produced egg…well…there’s no contest really.

A gift from our friends, complete with chook feathers.

Amazing golden yellow colour of the yolks.

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