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Your girls will be lay­ing like crazy. Some­times it is a mis­sion to get through all the eggs. Eggs will keep for three weeks in a pantry and up to six weeks in the fridge. I write in pen­cil the col­lec­tion date. An old-fash­ioned way to pre­serve eggs for longer is to coat clean fresh eggs in but­ter, co­conut oil or nat­u­ral bees wax and then lay them in a bed of nat­u­ral sea salt or bran, mak­ing sure the eggs don’t touch each other. You can con­tinue this method un­til a con­tainer is full of eggs. Ap­par­ently they will keep for over a year like this.

Dork­ing

With a name like that you just have to keep one! This breed orig­i­nated in Italy and the Ro­mans bought them to Bri­tain dur­ing the Ro­man con­quest. This makes it one of the old­est English breeds. They have an ex­tra claw on the back of each foot and swish their tail feath­ers like a rud­der of a boat. They lay around four white eggs a week and are gen­tle and shy. They are quite rare and need our sup­port to keep this her­itage breed go­ing.

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