Hello! My name is Dan Hromas. I started Prairie Pride Poultry in 2013 with a mission to provide healthy, farm fresh eggs to consumers, to share interesting facts and information about the “Incredible Edible Egg,” and to foster an environment whereby everyone can feel welcomed at, and connected to the farm. Prairie Pride Poultry is situated on fifteen acres of pasture just southwest of Grand Island, Nebraska The farm prides itself in the humane treatment of the flock…after all, “happy hens lay healthy eggs!”
I started this farm simply because I love chickens. I’ve been around agriculture all my life, and one of my fondest memories was visiting Grandpa and Grandma’s farm in North Dakota as a child, where (among cattle and pigs) they had chickens…it was an “Easter egg” hunt everyday my family and I were there! After graduating high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, I enlisted in the military. During my time in both the Marine Corps and Army, I’ve been all over the world. And one common thing I saw was that people enjoy eating. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to eat healthy, wholesome food. In 2012/13, I joined the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society and attended the Farm Beginnings class, where I met a lot of good people and was able to utilize that network in finding land to establish the farm on. With help from both the state of Nebraska and the Farmer Veteran Coalition, I was able to secure assistance with establishing a business plan and conducting a market analysis/feasibility study. I was also awarded two grants to help get Prairie Pride Poultry started; the farm was incorporated May 31, 2013.
Prairie Pride Poultry’s standards and practices are conducive to a happy and healthy flock. The chickens are treated humanely. I do not cage them; they free-range on pasture. I supplement the flock’s “pasture diet” with feed that does not contain any chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or animal byproducts. There are three coops that are moved around the acreage, each one having plenty of floor area, roosting space, and nesting boxes.
Here’s some links to news stories about Prairie Pride Poultry within the last year:
York News Times
Center for Rural Affairs
Iowa Public Television “Market to Market”
Nebraska Television (NTV/ABC)
Farmer Veteran Coalition
Questions & Answers
What do you feed your chickens?
The flock free-ranges on three acres of pasture with brome grass and insects to dine on. The layer rations I give them are soybean meal based, contain rolled corn, and provides the nutrients (minerals & vitamins) necessary for happy and healthy chickens, resulting in strong shells and wholesome eggs! Their feed does NOT contain antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products! Please note that if you have allergies to soy, I would not recommend consuming Prairie Pride Poultry eggs.
How long do eggs keep?
Cleaned, refrigerated eggs can last for at least five weeks. Unclean, unrefrigerated eggs can last a few weeks at room temperature. It is important to note that once an egg is cleaned, it should be refrigerated; use only warm-hot water, never cold when washing eggs.