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Eggs

Our egg layers are raised on pasture where they have access to bugs, grass, and other various  forages. We manage their forage consumption by rotational grazing. We move the hens' electrified netting pens around their shelter as needed, allowing the forage to regrow before the chickens are introduced again. 

We let our chickens be chickens, enabling them to display their natural behaviors, such as dust bathing, establishing pecking order and yearly molting. 

 

 

Our layer flock currently consists of ISA Brown chickens  a hybrid type of sex-link chickens. Sex-links are hybrid chickens that can be sexed at hatching, usually by color. The 'ISA' stands for "Institute de Selection Animale" – a French company that developed the breed in 1978.  

Our hens are not caged. They are trained to lay eggs in nests boxes in their shelter, which also contains roosting perches. This is where they lounge during the day and sleep at night. Their shelter is a 30' X 72' hoop structure with a white covering that provides shade in the summer and lets in a lot of natural light. It also helps keep the hens warm during the winter months.


Our eggs are carefully washed, candled, graded, sized and placed into egg cartons. They are kept at 32-45°F in our cooler. To learn more about this process, check out The Daily Egg Chore.

 

You will see a difference between our eggs and the ones you get in the grocery store. Our pasture raised hens lay eggs with yolks that stand up and have a deep golden orange color. This is due to the freshness and the chlorophyll (greens) in their diets.

The key to quality is the pasture. Chickens eat a lot of grasses, clovers, and weeds. This gives the flavor people describe when they talk about “real farm eggs.” Yolks from the grocery store are often paler and thinner. Even some of the eggs that are labeled free range or cage free still do not have adequate quality grass in their diets.

 

THE PASTURE-RAISED DIFFERENCE:

- 3x more Omega 3's than industrial eggs

- 2x more Vitamin E

- 40% more Vitamin A

Source: Research by H. D. Karsten, P. H. Patterson, G. W. Crews, and R. C. Stout; Crop & Soil Sciences and Poultry Science Departments, The Pennsylvania State University (2003)

 

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:

- Eggs are one of nature's most complete foods, containing all essential health protection vitamins, except Vitamin C.

- Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.

- Eggs provide some of the highest quality protein available in just 75 calories per egg.

- One egg provides 6 grams of protein, or 12% of the daily recommended value.

Source: American Egg Board and the Egg Nutrition Center

 

 

CONCERNED BY THE CHOLESTEROL?

Eggs have been getting a bad rap as a forbidden food because of their cholesterol content. Research studies investigating the relationship between diet and blood cholesterol show that saturated fat in the diet, not dietary cholesterol, is what influences blood cholesterol levels the most [Howell et al.1997. Am J Clin Nutr. 65: 1747-64.1.].  Therefore, for most healthy people, saturated fat is a greater concern than dietary cholesterol, and eggs can readily fit into a heart healthy, nutritious diet. 

Dietary cholesterol does not automatically become blood cholesterol when you eat it. Most of your blood cholesterol is made by your body. Individuals vary in how much cholesterol their bodies make. Until more is known about individual dietary cholesterol limits, ask your doctor to assess your personal heart disease risks and dietary needs. Many nutrition experts believe that eggs fit into a healthy, well balanced eating plan. Moderation is the key. 

                                                     

 

WANT YOUR OWN EGGS?

Twice a year spring and fall we rotate our hens at approximately 18 months of age.  If anyone is interested in purchasing them just let us know.  These hens still will be capable of laying many eggs, just not at the quantity and consistency we need to be profitable.  They would be great in a small backyard flock.  We would also raise ready to lay pullets (5 months old) for you.   We will need plenty of advance notice, since we only start pullets twice a year.  To raise them for you, we would need a non-refundable deposit of $3 a piece when you place your order.  When the order is placed we will negotiate a final price since we cannot determine the feed cost too far in advance.

To Place an order click here.

    per dozen
On Farm    $4.00
     
Off Farm    
    Medium    $3.50
    Large    $4.25
    X-Large    $4.25
    Jumbo    $4.50
     
CSA    $4.00

 

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