We have people tell us all the time that they’ve never gotten brighter orange yolks or tastier eggs from any other farms. In fact, one family says their toddler refuses to each eggs from other farmers. She can tell the difference with one bite, even when they don’t tell her!
This is because our hens are TRULY free range– meaning that they can go ANYWHERE on our 37 acre property to scavenge for food (other than the gardens that we fence them out of). Most of the hens lay in their designated laying boxes, but every day is like Easter on our farm, double checking for new hiding spots the hens have created nests in.
Our eggs are $6/dozen. They are mostly brown eggs, with a couple of white and blue/green eggs in the mix. Generally they are large to extra large in size.
If you are a CSA dairy customer, you can request eggs when you place your CSA order and we will try to give you first dips on eggs at the delivery. But in general, we sell our eggs on a first come, first served basis at the deliveries, or picked up at the farm.
During the summer months, our hens get a huge percentage of their diet eating pasture, pasture, bugs and scratching through cow pies looking for treats. We supplement our hens with Thayer Feed’s NO SOY, NON-GMO layer feed. During the winter, they also receive sprouted barley grass fodder. Our girls also get left over raw milk and free choice access to a sea salt mineral blend. We don’t feed any oyster shell.
It is extremely rare for hens to be TRULY free range (no restrictions to their scavenging at all) because most farms have a HUGE predator problem that requires some degree of confinement. We know because we lost over 400 chicks and hens to predators the first 2 years we lived here. And then we got . . . Karen. Yes, we know Karen is a bit of an odd name for a livestock guard dog, but she was already named when we got her. She is an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees cross, bred specifically to bond with the livestock and spend her time protecting them. Our losses have dropped significantly since Karen came to the farm in the winter of 2012-2013.
In general, our eggs are only a couple of days old when they are sold. However, our young children help collect the eggs. On occasion, they might find a secret nest that has been hidden for a time. We always try to keep those eggs for our family. But sometimes the kids don’t separate them from the rest of the eggs on accident. To ensure you don’t have a bad egg end up in your recipe, we recommend you crack your eggs into a container one at a time to check them first. If you ever get a bad egg, we are happy to replace it free of charge.