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.
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.