These extraordinary eggs appear in neat little nests in corners of the hen-house floor every morning, the result of significant effort put forth by seven Buff Orpington and four Magpie duck hens, both endangered Heritage breeds per The Livestock Conservancy. They co-habitate with two Magpie drakes, three French Guinea fowl (Tick Control Patrol), and three audacious Brown African geese.
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.