Eggs

We sell eggs and, on rare occasions, chicks and adult chickens. Chicken eggs in bulk are $5 per dozen (load your own recycled cartons). There is a fifty-cent charge if we have to provide you with a new carton, as the law requires that we give you a clean one with special labeling.

True Pastured Poultry and Eggs

Free ranged chickensWe pasture our adult poultry on the farm. We believe this is the best life for birds, to be able to follow their natural instincts to forage for worms, insects and vegetation to supplement their grain diet; and to benefit from sunshine.

Our birds are pastured inside large electrified netting enclosures on grass. They have houses where they roost, on their own, at night. This keeps the birds safe from nocturnal predators. Our poultry are all-weather creatures; and though they are able to take shelter in their houses any time of day, they almost always choose to be outside during daylight hours- even in blistering heat, rain storms and snow!

Store-bought vs. pasture eggUnfortunately the term “free-range” is an area where USDA regulation and industry allow for what could be somewhat misleading labeling claims. “Free range” legally just means that the birds were given some access to outdoors. It does not mean that they could make it to the door amidst thousands of birds in a building, that they actually went outdoors, that they had an adequate-sized pen outdoors, were out there during most of the daylight hours, or had access to any green plants or living things to eat while they were there. Likely in many cases, the more expensive “free range” chicken and eggs in the store are no different than regular ones, produced by birds housed en masse, indoors under artificial light, eating an unchanging grain diet 24/7. Thus, many people choose to use the term “pastured” to describe their poultry, meaning birds that are outdoors during all daylight hours and on grass.

In our opinion, true free-range/pastured poultry eggs are more flavorful than store-bought eggs, and have a much more deeply colored orange yolk (see picture to the left for a comparison of one of our eggs to a store-bought egg).  The deeper-colored yolk is a result of all the chlorophyll in their vegetable-rich diet. Many people theorize that true free-range eggs are more nutritious, because the birds enjoy a more varied diet; but so far, nobody has funded a study to prove this!