We started raising chickens because we care about how our eggs are raised. It was a struggle to find a reliable 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 21 laying hens, including Plymouth Barred Rocks, Black Australorps and Rhode Island Reds, with plans to add more chicks soon.
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 our 10+ acres, eating bugs and plants as they desire. 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. They eat very little of this feed in spring through fall, and rely on it much more in the winter. Our eggs are unclassified. We sell our eggs from a mini fridge on our front porch, self service, and first come, first served. $4.50/dozen.
To prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.