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DIY Egg Scale

first eggs

My chickens are laying!  The broken egg and then the one on the left are normal sized eggs – probably large to extra large.  The rest are my ladies first eggs!  And looking at how small they are, I remembered my mom having an egg scale and then wondering how much my eggs weighed.

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And then it occurred to me – mom still has an old fashioned egg scale.  Like this one for sale on Ebay.

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And yes, it is for sale for $49 starting bid plus $12 shipping.

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And yes, you can buy a new one from the same company for $52 plus shipping.  This new one includes grams and not just ounces like the old scale has.  And it looks like a chicken so it justifies the expense.  Right?  No?  Hmm… welll…

Then you’ve come to the right place.  I love the old scale and already put in a request for my mothers should she ever not want hers anymore.  In the mean time, I came up with my own version.

First – the weights.

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I came up with my own egg weights chart and made it so that you can download the PDF and have your own copy.  Just click on the words “egg weight” below the egg and you’ll get a PDF of that image to print out.

Next – the scale part.  I’m assuming that most people have a digital kitchen scale already.  Most big box stores carry them for around $10-15 – much less than the new fancy egg scales cost!  They’re useful for so many other things in cooking, too, so if you don’t have one now would be a good time to invest in a simple scale.  Get the one with grams – much more accurate!

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So, take an old egg carton like so…

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Cut out one egg cell…

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Place on scale and then zero the scale out so as to not include the weight of the carton when weighing the egg.  Be sure to have the scale set on grams!

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34

29

Weigh eggs.  As you can see, I have a tiny one at 29 grams, well below the pewee level of 35 grams.  None of mine are even into the small egg size yet!

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Refer to your hand egg size chart that you’ve taped inside of your cabinet door like I did.

So, why is this helpful?  Well, if you have your own hens and are wanting to use these first eggs while cooking, it’s good to know about what you need to sub for a full sized large or extra large egg.  In my case, I used 3 pewee eggs instead of 2 XLs when making granola bars recently.  Knowing the weights helps in the substitution because really it is about volume of egg contents and not number of eggs.

I hope you find this useful!  Happy chickens everyone!

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Chicken Roost

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I couldn’t plan this if I wanted to.  After a recent rain (and no, I never thought I would say that in the middle of July in Texas) I looked out at the spa area and saw the girls, all sitting on one of the tree branches that we arranged in there just for their pleasure.  All brown white brown white… The two easter eggers (Frida and Fea) are around the edges – I think they’re pretty low on the pecking order.  Silly girls!

Our last rooster met the grim reaper over the weekend – he was giving me the stink eye too!  It’s much quieter with him in our freezer and Frida especially seems happy about that.  He seemed to have chosen her as his “special girl” for whatever reason and always singled her out to do what roosters do.

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Oh, and Frida the name?  The Mexican artist from the early to mid 1900s.  There’s a good movie about her life.  And Fea is named in Spanish so it just followed that Frida should also have a Latin influenced name.  And I’m a geek.  (Picture from the wikipedia site linked in the picture.)

On other fronts, I have a so far mildly sick baby with gi issues.  You know it’s a mama day when both of you get to change clothes at least once.  And trying to get that little thing to drink pedialyte?  Holy pizzas.  It’s drama.  But, after Rosie got oh so sick when she was 3 and nearly ended up in the hospital because of dehydration, I will NOT go down that route again.  Eleanor will drink until she makes pee.  And then she’ll drink some more.  I just wish the stuff tasted better so that she’d want to drink it.  Rosie got to the point of my forcing it down her (with a syringe into her mouth and a rag under her chin) that she now likes drinking it.  I think it connected that it made her feel better and now she calls it medicine juice.  Eleanor is clearly not to that stage yet.   It could be a very long day.

Chicken Day Spa

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This is the new chicken day spa.  1000 square feet (or close to) of chicken happiness.  Completely covered over the top with chicken wire to keep out pesky squirrels, who are rather assertive this year, and to keep out the nesting pair of hawks that we have living in our back acres.  No organic chicken dinner for them!  And, the sides are tall enough that we can walk underneath should the need arise to rescue a bird or plant in new seeds or…

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Hubs built this just last week and there is a pop door connecting the little day pen to the spa area so that we can let them out, or not, as needed.  Eventually, there will be 2 more enclosures around the coop like this one so that we can rotate them through and then replant the areas that they’re not in at that moment.

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The girls have gone from an adequate 10 square feet of yard space each to 100 square feet of weedy glory.

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Of course, that does not mean that they are opposed to sharing their dust baths.  This is Fea (or ugly in Spanish) my weirdly feathered easter egger and one of the brahmas.  Fea is lacking tail feathers and back feathers under her wings and has always been like this.  So far though, she seems to be doing fine.  And since we have such fine sand (called sugar sand around here) dust baths are a wonderful thing to young lady chickens.

At some point soon, maybe in the next month when they are 5 months old, the girls should start laying eggs.  The one remaining rooster has been doing his guy thing for a month now though.  However, the 3 roosters that hubs butchered this past weekend, and that are now in my freezer, were much more aggressive.  The male that we have left is a Buff Orphington and is a fairly nice guy – so far.  Not that it matters, he’ll be joining his friends soon… hubs was going to give him to a friend to eat but hasn’t gotten that far yet.

So, that’s where our chickens are at the moment.  They’re fun.  They eat kitchen scraps.  They’re quiet except for the rooster.  They don’t really smell due to how I designed the coop.  And once the coop was built, they’re really not very much work either.  (I’m sure the hubs would disagree though!)

Have a happy day!