Sunny side up.

The sale of organic eggs in the UK has being doing very nicely over the last few years. That could all be about to change thanks to a warm sunny spring in Europe.

Very little rain has meant a poorer than expected grain harvest in Russia and the Ukraine, a main source for imported grain for the UK. As a consequence Russia and the Ukraine are holding their grain back for local consumption. Organic egg producers in the UK have found themselves having to source their grain from as far as Kazakhstan! The Soil Association has found it difficult to convert arable farmers in the UK over to organic, hence the reliance on grain imports.

It’s a tough life for the shopper with a conscience and a desire to eat heathily. An organic egg appeared to tick all the right boxes. If all those global warming gases from all the grain transportation is ignored then they probably still do. You’ll need to pay more for the privelege though as their prices continue to climb steeply.

The alternative if you have a garden is to get a couple of your own chickens! Over half a million households have done just that. Keeping chickens in your backyard is the fastest growing activity when it comes to keeping animals. Give it a try. It’s really quite easy. Eggs at your door that won’t make you poor! πŸ™‚

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8 Responses to Sunny side up.

  1. Pete Smith says:

    But even chickens in your back yard have to eat. I know you can supplement their diet with kitchen scraps, and they love pecking around in grass, but they still need some grain every day. Surely this is subject to the same supply problems as those experienced by the large-scale egg producers?

  2. matt says:

    We haven’t sourced organic grain yet. We’re dealing with all the other fundamentals first. For example, we appear to have a male! They’re almost certainly returning the 8 week old chickens to the animal farm and then we need to decide if we’re going to buy two one year old hens.

    The learning process from egg-chick-chicken for the kids has been fantastic.
    On the organic feed you must be right, unless I could source smaller amounts locally.

  3. earthpal says:

    “Eggs at the door that won’t make you poor”

    Don’t give up the day job. Lol.

    Part of our five year plan is to become fully self-sufficient in vegetables, herbs and now…..eggs. πŸ˜€

  4. matt says:

    Ha! Go for it earthpal. If you’ve got a decent sized garden don’t wait five years! They’re a lot of fun and very cheeky individuals … the chickens that is πŸ™‚ .

  5. Pete Smith says:

    Looks as if the chicken that layed the egg in your photo didn’t have enough greens in its diet.

  6. Dave On Fire says:

    Half a million people? That’s encouraging, especially when you think that the amount of people to grow their own veg must be an order of magnitude higher. I wonder if many backyards can even boast a goat?

    I’ve been moving between bedsits and boxrooms for nearly 4 years now, and will likely continue for a few more, so there’s not much backyard farming I can do, but good luck in your efforts and do keep us informed.

  7. Dave On Fire says:

    *half a million houses, even. So that must be a good few percent of the population, no?

  8. matt says:

    Indeed! I think these figures, although quoted on Radio 4, must has been (grain) fed by the Armed Chicken Wing campaign group. πŸ™‚

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