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Egg replacements for winter?

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Created February 04, 2014 at 4:39 AM

According to my local chicken farmer, the chickens don't lay as many eggs during the cold months, so what does everyone else increase in their diet to make up for the loss of the the perfect food ever created?

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198 · February 04, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Not all farmers and obviously not all climates.

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1147 · February 04, 2014 at 9:35 PM

You have to keep the lights on most everywhere in the continental US. You can skip the calendula if you have growing grass still. The eggs (assuming they are pastured) will have more grains and fewer bugs in them.

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1147 · February 04, 2014 at 9:04 PM

What farmers will do in the winter is keep the lights on in the coop and feed them dried calendula to color the yolks. The eggs do not nearly have the same nutrient content as during the growing season, and are probably marginally better than eggs from the store. The solution is to eat a bit more liver, more marrow, more deep greens. There is a reason why civilizations all over the world consider eggs a spring food.

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198 · February 04, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Not all farmers and obviously not all climates.

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198 · February 04, 2014 at 4:46 AM

I can still get them at the store. They are from a farm 10 minutes away but they only sell through stores now. The eggs aren't varied colors like in the warmer months and they are a bit pricier but I can mostly get them anytime.

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