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Chicken school draws home-raised egg enthusiasts to Myriad Gardens

The Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City hosted a primer on how to raise backyard chickens last week, and the event drew about 40 people.
by Matt Patterson Modified: March 18, 2014 at 11:00 am •  Published: March 17, 2014

Creasy demonstrated the differences in what a backyard chicken egg yolk looks like compared to one that came from a factory farm.

The yoke was a bright orange while Creasy said factory-farmed eggs are less colorful.

Home-raised also contain higher levels of beneficial minerals like beta carotene, she said.

“It’s a richer taste,” Creasy said. “If you don’t like eggs, you’re going to say ‘Oh I really don’t like these’, but mostly it’s a richness, and how they fluff up more. The omelets can be puffier. But the main thing is the nutrition.”

Trend could continue

Kevin Gant raises pastured pork and sometimes serves as a consultant for those who are beginning to raise their own food.

He said he expects the trend of people becoming more involved in their food to continue.

“You see people from all walks of life,” Gant said. “We’ve seen a lot of white- collar people who are interested in raising chickens for eggs. We’re making strides. They’re already allowed in Norman and Edmond, and I think there is a lot of interest in Oklahoma City.”

Creasy said raising chickens for eggs is more expensive than buying eggs from a grocery store, and it is a lot more work. The coops have to be cleaned regularly and the chickens fed and watered. All of that takes time. But still, Creasy said the work involved isn’t always what keeps people from raising their own chickens for eggs.

“I think people are more worried about what their neighbors might think,” she said. “It’s like ‘wow, nobody else is doing it’. But what they find out is that it’s a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors by giving them some of your fresh eggs, and maybe they’ll decide they want to do it, too.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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