Lesson 721 – Quality in equals quality out

If chickens have taught me one thing, it’s that if you feed them quality ingredients, you get a good product in return. Our chickens eat feed but we also supplement their feed with kitchen scraps and let them free range to eat all the grass and bugs that they want.

A few weeks back, I compared our eggs to store bought eggs. The yolk was darker (although not by much thanks to the dye in marigolds that are fed to factory chickens), the white was thicker in our eggs and more viscous, and the taste was more robust. Our eggs taste like eggs and not like cooked gelatinous protein.

So when you hear what I have to tell you, oh sons of mine who are at college, you can place all the blame on our chickens and their eggs.

Yesterday in the mail I was sent a request to send you Final Exam Care packages which for a mere $55 included the following items.

Fruit Basket:

  • US #1 Red Delicious Apples
  • Strawberry Twizzlers
  • Kellogg’s Rice Kispies mini
  • Kar’s Granola Trail Mix
  • Nabisco Toast Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Fruity Cheerios Cereal-on-the-go
  • US #1 Granny Smith Apples
  • Banana chips
  • Kar’s Raisins
  • Seneca Fruit Gems
  • Dum Dum lollipops
  • Smile bender toy
  • Sunkist California Navel Oranges
  • David’s Sunflower Seeds
  • Kar’s mango pineapple Trail mix
  • Senecca Apple Chips
  • Tootsie rolls
  • Multigrain Salsa Fresca Chips

Energy Kit:

  • M&M’s Milk chocolate candies
  • CHEEZ-IT Snack crackers
  • Act II Microwave Popcorn
  • Nabisco Mini Chips Ahoy cookies
  • Dubble Bubble Assorted Gum balls
  • Keebler Gripz Grahams
  • Act II kettle Corn Microwave popcorn
  • M&M’s Peanut candies
  • Jolly Rancher Stick candy
  • Real lemon cookies
  • Animal crackers
  • Smile Bender Toy
  • Andy Capp Cheddar Fries
  • Franklin Toffee Crunch n Munch
  • Mike & Ike Tropical Fruit candy
  • Milk chocolately peanut chews
  • Smarties Candy
  • Dum dum lollipops

Stress Buster:

  • Assorted toys including Play Doh, an inflatable beach ball, and a rainbow slinky.


All that sugar, all that processed food – meant to be eaten by you during a time of stress. Here’s the thing. You guys know I love you. I do.

I love you.

And because I love you, you will never be receiving Final Exam kits like this from me.

Instead when finals get near, you will be getting a phone call from me asking:

  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Drinking plenty of water?
  • Have you had at least 2 pieces of fruit today? At least one salad?
  • Are you avoiding sugar and processed food as much as possible?
  • Have you done everything you can to be prepared for your exam?
  • Do you know that we’re cheering for your success back home?

I’ll be doing this for you because our chickens have taught me that if you provide quality ingredients, you’ll get a good quality product in return.  So much you can learn from the flock, if you just pay attention.

Good luck boys, I’ll be rooting for you.

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I write about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact me at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Filed under All things chickens, Backyard Chickens, chicken care, Personal, Points to ponder, The Family, The kids

3 responses to “Lesson 721 – Quality in equals quality out

  1. pegthomas

    Hey sis– every year when I get the notices to buy the final exam snack packs and I toss them away I cringe. I always wish that I would simply take that $45+ and go create a healthy bundle myself and ship it off to Ethan. And then I realize that I would be in heaven to have his meal plan–that college has the best food in the world, and plenty of it is fresh. He doesn’t need another mouthful. And so I don’t–even though I love him dearly.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Although I may disagree a little on your view of college food (a bit too fried for my preferences) your point is well made. The kids don’t need extras during finals, they simply need to know that we’re behind them cheering them on.

      which we are. 🙂


  2. Isn’t this so interesting!! I can’t believe that about the care packages!!! I am in South Africa and we receive no such thing 🙂 … I must say, I’m a sucker for m&m’s!!! 😉 You are totally right though, sugar is so terrible during those study times. It gives you an instant boost but its gone as soon as it came. so investing in proper, good-old fashioned wholesome food and things like sleep and water etc. are the best way forward!!! You have a lovely blog and write so well. I am following you! Visit my blog at http://tamikadoubell.com/

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