Laying Hens

 
 

We love eggs!  Fresh eggs are truly delicious and nutritious. It’s always a thrill collecting them by hand every day.

The chickens play an important role in sustainable farming, roaming the pastures, eating weeds, keeping insects under control and leaving behind droppings, high in nitrogen, which promotes strong grass growth. These chickens’year-round outdoor lifestyle with plenty of sunshine ensures that the yolks of their eggs are always a healthy bright orange color.

Eggs are seasonal. Due to the different daily hours of light across the year. We have carefully established our flock and built it to a size where we can provide eggs year-round to our customers. Our current flock is diverse and includes Speckled Sussex, Cuckoo Maran, Dark Cornish, Blue Hamburg, Americana, Blue Splash Maran, Rhode Island Red, Sicilian Buttercup, Creve Coeur, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Lakenvelder and Silver Leghorn breeds.

The breeds are carefully chosen based on:

  • Hardiness:   It gets pretty cold here in winter so we think about which hens will be most comfortable in those conditions. We only have a small number of fancy combed breeds, because they are more susceptible to frostbite. We keep a close eye on them when the weather turns frigid.
  • Production: We are not looking for high volume egg ‘machines’. The good solid heritage breeds enjoy the free-ranging environment at our farm and lay beautiful, delicious eggs when they feel like it.
  • Egg Color:    A dozen eggs sitting in a box look special – little jewels in a case. Typically a box contains blue/green, white, dark brown, speckled, pinkish eggs and an infinite number of shades of cream, beige and tan eggs.

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Our hens are always fed organic feed without other animal or fish products. we are slowly expanding the flock and have been awarded Animal Welfare Approved certification.  It’s good to know where your eggs come from and that they have been produced with the greatest of care and attention.

 

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