These extraordinary eggs appear in one neat little nest in a corner of the hen-house floor every morning, the result of significant effort put forth by seven, year-old Buff Orpington Duck hens, an endangered Heritage breed per The Livestock Conservancy. They co-habitate with eight French Guinea fowl; the Tick Control Patrol.
This time of year they consume vast quantities of Organic high-protein game bird pellets, free-choice granite grit and crushed oyster shells; all in addition to ample dried-worm treats, and daily patches of green Organic barley fodder coerced from seed in my bathroom.
I collect the eggs every morning, rinse under cold water (ducks love mud!) and store in refrigerated air-tight cartons.