L&A Family Farms

The Daily Egg Chore

Egg chores are completed seven days a week, but on Sunday, we take a "day of rest" by waiting to wash and package our eggs.  So, Monday will be double duty for the egg washer.  (Chickens do not stop laying on Sundays and holidays.)

Nest Boxes
Nest Boxes

The chickens lay their eggs in a nest box.  Multiple hens lay their eggs in the same box.  We hang our nest boxes from the metal frame of the high tunnel which makes gathering easier.

Gathering Eggs
Gathering Eggs

We gather eggs twice a day, seven days a week.  They are gathered into an egg flat so they can be transported to our farm store where the egg washer is located. 

Egg Washer
Egg Washer

Our egg washer was new to us in 2015.  Prior to this, everything was done by hand which was very time consuming.

Loading Eggs
Loading Eggs

We pre-rinse the eggs, then, load them onto the conveyor that will feed them through the machine.

Candling
Candling

Each egg passes over a light bar which illuminates the egg showing cracks.  This process is called candling.

Packaging
Packaging

The egg washer weighs and sorts each egg according to weight.  This determines if the egg is medium, large, X-large, or jumbo.  Once the eggs are sorted, they are placed into egg cartons, labeled, and ready for the store shelf.

Ready to Sell
Ready to Sell

Our eggs are stored in a cooler until they are sold though our farm store, our on line store and buying club, the local farmer's markets, retail business, or restaurants.

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