How Do Your Eggs Stack Up?

Whether you live in the city or country, here’s how to find healthy, delicious, farm-fresh eggs — and even raise a few happy chickens of your own.



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Whether you live in the city or country, you can find healthy, delicious, farm-fresh eggs — and even raise a few happy chickens of your own.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
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Taking care of chickens is an excellent way to encourage your family to get outside and connect to the natural world.
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Try this easy egg comparison test: The more beneficial carotenoids an egg contains, the darker orange its yolk will be.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
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Chickens will eagerly reduce garden and lawn insect pests.
LYNN M. STONE
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Not all eggs are created equal, so it’s important to know what different labels really mean.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
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Fresh farm eggs come in a wide variety of colors.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
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Using a simple, moveable coop is the best way to give your backyard chickens access to fresh pasture.
RICK WETHERBEE
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Boy Scouts in Madison, Wis., helped build this simple chicken coop for a community garden project.
DENNIS HARRISON-NOONAN
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Boy Scouts in Madison, Wis., helped build this simple chicken coop for a community garden project.
DENNIS HARRISON-NOONAN
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Several companies make attractive, portable, small-scale chicken coops you can buy ready-made, such as this Henspa on Wheels.
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Several companies make attractive, portable, small-scale chicken coops you can buy ready-made, such as this Omlet Eglu.
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While avian flu is certainly cause for concern, we’re convinced backyard coops are part of the solution, not part of the problem. According to Michael Greger, M.D. and author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, “Never once that we know of has a highly pathogenic flu virus ever arisen in flocks kept humanely outdoors. The emergence and spread of the bird flu virus is facilitated by the overcrowding, filth, stress-impaired immunity, and lack of adequate ventilation and sunlight inherent in intensive confinement systems.” Dr. Greger’s outstanding new book is available at www.MotherEarthShopping.com, and you can sign up for bird flu updates at www.birdflubook.com.
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Keeping a few chickens is a rewarding pursuit. With some attention to style, their home can even bring functional beauty to your back yard.
LYNN KARLIN











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