We started raising chickens because we care about how our eggs are raised. It was a struggle to find a reliable, local supply of healthy eggs, raised in a sustainable way, from happy chickens. I would always arrive at the farmer’s stand after the last carton had been sold for the day. Our eggs tasted so good that it soon became our mission to share these eggs with others, especially since we knew that friends and neighbors were looking for similar eggs and there was a shortage in our area. We currently have 40+ laying hens, including Plymouth Barred Rocks, Black Australorps and Rhode Island Reds.
Our chickens are cage-free and free-range, meaning that the door to their coop is only closed at night after they’ve chosen to go in at dusk to roost, and it opens at first light (we have an automated coop door). They have free access to roam over in the pasture, eating bugs and plants as they desire. Their pasture is fenced with an electric fence to keep out predators such as Mr. Fox. We move the fence around regularly to give them new grazing areas. They get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, good food, fresh water and exercise. This lifestyle makes for happy hens and the best eggs. We supplement free-choice with organic, Non-GMO feed, grit and crushed oyster shells. They eat very little of the feed in spring through fall, and rely on it much more in the winter. Our eggs are unclassified (multiple sizes in each carton from different breeds of hens).
We sell our eggs from a mini fridge on our front porch, self service, and first come, first served. $4.50/dozen. Payment: Cash (leave in metal box inside fridge), PayPal: Tammy.Crouthamel@gmail.com, or Venmo: @Tammy-Crouthamel.
Directions to our farm: 139 Pearce Rd, Mars, PA 16046. Turn left just before the red mailbox with horses, and then bear right to follow the long straight gravel drive approximately 0.3 miles back. Our house is the furthest house that you can see from the mailbox. The house is Red brick with green siding and white trim with a porch along front. Small red horse barn, hay shed and chicken coop in front of property. Enter through the black gate to the left of the garage to access the fridge on our front porch.
To prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.