I don’t need to tell you, it’s been a mighty cold winter—hence visits to local farms have been curtailed, not to mention the seasonal suspension of farmers’ markets.
In this season, locating eggs directly from farms becomes a problem. I phoned around and discovered that the production of eggs falls off big time in the winter months. Additionally, many farms retire their flock and start anew in the early spring.
I wrongly assumed that the severe cold must be the cause. Not exactly so; with an ample supply of feathers, hens fluff themselves out and will roost and huddle together for warmth. Maybe that’s the source of our expression “She’s a tough old bird.”
Digging further, I have discovered that the lack of daylight is the culprit. If the eggs were being laid to create a brood, chicks would have a better shot at survival if it was above freezing. … Read the rest