Eggs is Eggs?

And there are chickens, and chickens

Eggs, Easter and Excellent Hens

With spring finally here and Easter almost upon us, it seemed a good time to write about chicken and egg. The signs of spring are everywhere. To date there are half a dozen Longhorn calves born. You’ll see them alternately frolicking and snoozing in huddles in the fields along the drive to the Steading. It really does feel like things are warming up and you can finally see the yellow tips of the daffodils starting to peek out over their long green stems. New life is happening all around us. And the chickens are really and truly laying again. Spring has sprung! But I digress..

eggs Logie Farm and Garden Shop sells free range local eggs

About our Lovely Layers –  by Panny Laing (the farmer)

Some of the eggs that we sell in the Farm & Garden Shop are laid by the free range hens here at Logie – to the left of the road as you walk towards the garden.

The small pure red-brown hens are Hy-line Brown, a hybrid that has the potential to lay 320 large brown eggs by 74 weeks of age. The larger, dark brown speckled hens, and the splendid cockerel, are an old breed, Speckled Sussex. Originally from the south of England, it is one of the oldest known breeds – there is evidence that the Romans found a similar breed when they invaded over 2000 years ago. For that reason it is known as a Heritage breed. These pure bred hens are good egg layers (but not as prolific as the Hy-line Browns) laying four or five light brown eggs a week.  The ‘in between’ coloured hens – mostly showing the speckles but not with the dark brown colour, are crosses between the Speckled Sussex and the Hy-line Brown. Because the Hy-line is already a hybrid, the resulting crosses come out in a variety of different colours!

While pure and cross bred birds are popular for their distinctive appearance, they do not lay as well as the specially bred hybrids, which are bred to produce large numbers of eggs.

Logie Chicken - free range eggs at the farm and garden shop

Are Eggs Just Eggs?

Unless you are a chicken-keeper, you may have thought that ‘eggs is eggs’, or possibly not given eggs too much thought at all. Although after Panny’s explanation of the variations in her two types of hens alone, you might wonder if there are variations in eggs too. And you’d be right. Firstly there’s the look of eggs from different types of chickens – from tiny to large, dark brown to palest greeny-blue and all sorts in between. Then there’s the taste. I don’t know much about the difference in taste between breeds (is there any? perhaps someone can tell me?) but if you’ve tried some genuinely outdoor free range eggs you might – like me – feel that in taste there’s all the difference in the world.

At Logie Farm & Garden Shop, the eggs are currently either from the chickens right here at Logie or if (as often happens with such high demand), Panny’s girls don’t lay enough, from Wellhill Farm just the other side of Forres. Both are the delicious free-range, lovely-life, feel-good kind. But apart from the nice life, is the end product really any different? Well, having bought some eggs labelled ‘free range’ in a well-known supermarket recently, I can make a personal testament to the difference – often in colour (the local ones often have a yolk that’s deep orangey-yellow, rather than the pallid colour of supermarket eggs) but mainly in taste. These locally-reared outdoor-lived free-rangers are delicious! So if you don’t have the time, space or inclination to keep chickens in your own backyard, whether you’re baking a sponge or boiling something to have with your soldiers, these eggs really are the next best thing. So it seems there are chickens and chickens as well as eggs and eggs. Eggsciting 😉







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Eggs is Eggs?

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.