09 August 2011

Having a riot

Mike got the new electric poultry netting connected up at the weekend and the remaining hens are enjoying being back out in their green space again.

We did notice quite a difference in their eggs while they were confined to the coop because of the chance of a fox attack. A study by Mother Earth News suggests that compared with eggs from caged birds, eggs from hens free to roam on grass contain:

⅓ less cholesterol
¼ less saturated fat
⅔ more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta carotene

Impressive, huh? I'm looking forward to getting back to those kind of eggs again, now that the hens are back on the orchard grass.

The news from England has been depressing over the last few days, with reports of rioting, arson and looting in London and other cities. In the middle of all that, we got letters yesterday informing us that our Canadian citizenship test will be taking place in two weeks' time. I don't think I've ever felt more enthusiastic about becoming Canadian and less proud about being English.


Anonymous said...

Glad your chickens feel safe and comfortable again and I love Mother Earth News! I am so with you Amanda over the news of the riots. I know there have been riots in the past... poll tax riots, and those after the awful slaying of Keith Blakelock and it certainly doesn't get any easier to hear about such senseless things now I am away from it all. Good luck with your Citizenship test, very timely and exciting for you all.

Linda said...

I took my Canadian citizenship several years ago. Congratulations on your upcoming citizenship.