Egg shortage

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Prices are getting crazy.

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Prices are getting crazy.

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A 50 lb bag of 15% layer pellets is at $17. The 18% higher yet, not SO long ago it was $8 a bag. These prices are small town ok, give thought to what they are elsewhere. I wonder how long before a dozen is $20 and feed is $40 a bag.
 

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you can feed your chickens alfalfa hay as a way to cheapen the cost of feeding. you can also plant some winter pea,ryegrass or something else also. or if you want get a hammer mill and just make your own.
 

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Nope. Eggs keep at room temp for a LONG time. Plus if need need to you can waterglass them (I think that's the right term) and they will be good for months and months. If it comes down to it that might be the only regular source of protein that is affordable. No sense in giving it away ...
How does this "waterglass" deal work. I know we buy fresh eggs from a local gal here and when those pile up on us, we do the float test. If they stay at the bottom of the glass full of water, they are good and the higher they float the badder they are getting. When they float to the top - I toss them.
 

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And - we want ours unwashed and not refrigerated.
To glass eggs, they need to be unwashed. Washing removes the outer coating of the egg, which will allow the glassing brine to affect the taste of the eggs. Glassed eggs are shelf-stable for several months, and possibly years. There are a couple of YouTube videos on glassing eggs in this thread:
 

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How does this "waterglass" deal work. I know we buy fresh eggs from a local gal here and when those pile up on us, we do the float test. If they stay at the bottom of the glass full of water, they are good and the higher they float the badder they are getting. When they float to the top - I toss them.
you are throwing away perfectly good eggs.
 

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How does this "waterglass" deal work. I know we buy fresh eggs from a local gal here and when those pile up on us, we do the float test. If they stay at the bottom of the glass full of water, they are good and the higher they float the badder they are getting. When they float to the top - I toss them.
IIRC, 1 tablespoon of either pickling lime or hydrated lime per quart of water.
 

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