I thought about tapping but didn't get around to it. I just don't have a good place to boil it down and outside it is too windy and the pot doesn't heat well enough. I took my neighbor's advice and got an old Surge milker and used that last time. It was still a major PITA to get it down to syrup. I figured it was a short season when I looked at the forecast. My cousin has a business making it out in NY State. He has the tubes running through their woods and all over in Spring. His family has been doing it for a really long time, my uncle before him and I think my great grandparents before them.
I am going to remain skeptical on the cholesterol. I am sure they have to be healthier given that they are eating a more natural diet. "Up to 30% less", I can believe, but not all free rangers are fed the same, eat the same either, so any blanket statement like that does make me pause. In my lifetime the food experts have said that eggs are heart cloggers, to they are the best thing for you at least twice back and forth, and possibly three times. I think it depends on who is in charge of the FDA at the time a study is approved. Either way, I will stick with the eggs I pick out of my coop. I haven't bought eggs from the store in about 6-years now. Even if I don't have any, I go to a neighbor who does. That hasn't been a problem for me for at least 4 years though.
Here is a head scratcher...
I belong to a local "for sale" page on FB. There was a woman from a town 30 miles away advertising 'farm fresh free range eggs' in January and February. Really? I wonder what they find in the snow that makes them free range eggs? I believe that is false advertising. Just because some people let their birds out on the snow and ice, that isn't really free range in the sense of they are getting out and eating a natural diet by any stretch.
@KlopKlop the Buckeyes on their own are pretty stinking good for eating. When you see what the two together can do, you are going to be coming back for more Cornish in a year or two and some Buckeyes too!