Barncast 49 — Layed an Egg

Welcome to another installment of our own personal Green Acres. Well ok, we don’t own a tractor that falls apart. This weeks show has a great farm phone section, and hopefully we were coherent in the Farm section. The topics:

  • One away from show 50.
  • Farm Phone: 206-202-GOAT
    • Tractors
    • Digg, and instruments
  • Round up: Mud, Sheep, Turkeys are laying
  • Farm Section: All about laying eggs
  • Life Section: Craigs list in the midwest, and freecycle

Please send us your favorite clips from the past 50 shows. Just show and time would be great and I’ll make something for show #50. Email is

Picture of the Week:
Turkey eggs

Food?Sunset across the rampPasture

  1. John G’s avatar

    Bloomington/IU has a great market for violins, so you might want to contact some of the instrument people down here if you have a really good one. Let me know if you want some more detailed info.

    Thanks for the reminder on Craig’s List. It IS a great resource!


  2. Tom’s avatar

    Eggcellent podcast. It’s great to have a bit of insight into where our food really comes from. I learned a few things. Thanks!

    Warning: Tom is about to ramble on, muse, and imagine.

    On a family farm everyone works. One of the first jobs a child might have is gathering eggs. It doesn’t take muscle, just care and observation.

    In the spring the poultry is unleashed from the winter digs. In their joy to be free, they may not choose to lay in the coop. They find their own hidden places. If nobody finds the nest the hen will go broody. Adult humans just don’t have the time to hunt for the errant eggs. A little boy or girl with a mission can scout the property and proudly return with breakfast. A job well done. It’s been that way since farmers have raised family and fowl.

    There’s a modern tradition where children hunt for eggs in the spring. We don’t remember why, and the adults have to hide the eggs (and candy).

    Wikipedia says “Easter egg origin stories abound..”. Well, there’s mine. Take it or leave it, but I like it.

    Question: You sell goose eggs on ebay. Blown out, or fertile, or edible?

    Thanks again.



  3. India’s avatar

    I know why you ended up in the ‘sports’ section – it’s all the pig wrestling that Andrew does!
    On the subject of strange reactions to duck eggs, I think it is simply that we are all so divorced from our food and eat such a restricted diet to boot – I know that I think ‘yuck’ about duck eggs but there is NO rational reason for this, for goodness sake…


  4. Joy’s avatar

    Hi Andrew and Misty,
    long ago and in another lifetime when I had geese, I tried to hatch a few eggs and had a miserable failure. I was terribly unsophisticated about it, all i did was keep a light shining on it, very nearby to hope that some warmth came from it, and turned it every so often. do you have an actual brooder box (or whatever it’s called?) is it harder to brood? hatch? geese than other birds? would the age of the geese affect the viability of the egg? just wondering!


  5. Ash’s avatar

    Dear Joy..
    I’ve hatched many birds (or, at least I’ve attempted hehe) From Ducks, Chicks, Geese to Guinea Fowl (those are pretty tough). Each type of bird needs a different level of heat or humidity. I use a large three level incubator box. I’ve found that Geese and Ducks are much easier for me to hatch then chickens. And Guinea Fowl have been nearly impossible lol But I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the hatchability of eggs from young to older birds.(tho some people might disagree with that) But, naturally as they age they do tend to become less fertile. I have noticed that certain breeds don’t breed well. I can’t hardly get any eggs out of my standard Cochin chickens, and even when I do they don’t hatch readily. So different breeds and weights can effect hatchiblity. I’ve heard that diet can make a difference too.. but I don’t know that to be a fact. I have a good rate and I free range all of my stock.


  6. Kitty’s avatar

    Ya’ll mentioned bloodspots? in the eggs. Are eggs with bloodspots inedible or simply visually unappealing (unmarketable)? Thanks! Kitty in Tokyo


  7. India’s avatar

    I’m getting nervous – the Royal Mail and USP don’t seem to have their act together right now – or maybe someone has eaten the tablet en route….?


  8. andrew’s avatar

    Wow, all this feedback! How great is this?

    Tom! Thanks for info about the easter egg hunt. Heh, it makes a lot of sense, and I’ll admit some days it feels like easter came early. :)

    Hey India! Hopefully I’m done hog wrestling for a little bit. I’ve had enough of it this year! The hogs win way too often. :(

    I’m sure your tablet is on it’s way. Depending on the type of service used it could take a little bit. I think what we sent you took a couple of weeks. Plus it was a federal holiday yesterday. Then again maybe Misty is keeping it all to her self. ;)

    Joy, we use real incubators. I haven’t had great luck with goose eggs yet, but this year they should be old enough. A heat lamp doesn’t really match the humidity requirements, and hand turning is never as good as an auto turner. Just not enough nutrients washed over everything. In past years with another breed of ducks I did very well, hatching 80% or more. Like Ash said, certain breeds seem to do much better than others.

    Ash, that’s great to hear about your birds. Yes, white leg horns are the real khaki campell of the chicken world. Good egg layers. Thank you for the encouragement!!!

    Kitty, they are just visually unappealing. All commercial eggs are candled and anything big is removed. On the farm though I’ve seen some very big ones, the size a dime (say 1cm). It’s vary rare, maybe 2 in 3 years. When I sold eating eggs, a customer ended up with one like that and never asked for more eggs. Such is life.

    Thanks everyone!! Keep it up!


  9. India’s avatar

    Glad it arrived – I was getting anxious about the quality, but I reckon with so much sugar it’d probalby keep for decades!
    I wish I could claim that picture as mine, but sadly not.


  10. andrew’s avatar

    Thank you so much India! I really love it. :) I have a sweet tooth, I bet you wouldn’t have guessed? ;)

    Here’s a picture of how it arrived:

    You’ll have to send me the recipe so I can try making some when this runs out. :)


  11. India’s avatar

    ok – here is the recipe

    1 large can Condensed milk plus the can full of water NOT evaporated

    3 oz butter
    2lb sugar
    real vanilla essence

    put all into a DEEP, heavy based pan. Stir on a lowish heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. This is really important, if the sugar has any crystals left the end result will be ‘sugary’ and horrible. I check on the back of the wooden spoon with my finger – once it has cooled, of course :0)
    I have to use a heat diffuser to stop the mixture boiling before this stage.
    Once the sugar has dissolved, bring to a rapid boil. It will rise up the pan and be exceedingly hot.
    Stir all/most of the time until the soft ball stage is reached – again, diffuser is great to help prevent it sticking to the base of the pan.
    The soft ball can take anything form 5 minutes to half an hour. When a small amount dropped into cold water forms a ball, it is ready.
    Take off the heat. Leave for 5 mins to cool a little, then add vanilla to taste – I use a capful, but then I don’t know lid sizes in the US!
    Then, beat like hell!
    This is the really tiring part. YOu must beat the darn stuff untill it is practically setting in the pan.
    Pour into a shallow pan lined with baking parchment, and there you have it.

    Enjoy – but not too often ;0)


  12. India’s avatar

    Looks like it was a little moist in the packet???? Hope not, if it was it was defintiely the travelling that did it, but you will see when you make some for yourself



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