Epic Eggs (Paperback)

The Poultry Enthusiast's Complete and Essential Guide to the Most Perfect Food

By Jennifer Sartell

Voyageur Press, 9780760352229, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2017

List Price: 21.99*
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This isn't a typical egg cookbook or guide to raising chickens, Epic Eggs takes a deep dive on the eggs themselves and tells you how to raise birds that will produce the best eggs you've ever seen.

It may be true that most poultry found on small homesteads or in backyards especially are viewed as pets, but they are inarguably pets with benefits--namely eggs. In Epic Eggs, homesteader and writer Jennifer Sartell looks at the eggs of the most common types of poultry you’d find in your backyard: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, and quail.

Don’t jump to conclusions! This isn’t an egg cookbook or a guide to raising poultry. Jennifer delves into the eggs themselves and explains reproductive systems, egg anatomy, and how and why different colors are distributed to egg shells.

Jennifer will show you a variety breeds of birds, and what sizes, shapes, and even colors of egg they produce; from white to blue, brown, chocolate, olive, and speckled, plus heritage breeds and how to breed for specific colors.

Illustrated with fantastic color photography of eggs and their birds, Epic Eggs goes on to address how to optimize living conditionsand diet for the healthiest and most-flavorful eggs, the process of grading and storing eggs, and the eternal washing debate. There’s also discussion of nutrition, baking, cooking, preserving, pickling, and dehydrating. The book ends with advice for homesteaders looking to create business plans and a section on troubleshooting.

About the Author

Jennifer Sartell and her husband, Zach, manage their 14-acre Iron Oak Farm, where they raise Angora and dairy goats, heritage Black Spanish turkeys, ducks, geese, bees, and, of course, chickens. Jennifer graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her writing, illustrations, and photography have been published in numerous books and magazines, both in print and online, and she is a regular contributor to Ogden Publications’ Community Chickens blog spot.

Praise For Epic Eggs: The Poultry Enthusiast's Complete and Essential Guide to the Most Perfect Food

"She has so much experience and deep knowledge, the book feels like you’re having a coffee together to talk chickens."
- Wag & Cluck

...this book takes eggs to a whole other level of detail. If you are an egg connoisseur, then consider taking a gander at this one, if only for the easy-to-follow recipes on perfect egg cooking in the back.
- Halifax Chronicle Herald