Pastured Organic Free Range Eggs
We keep a couple hundred laying hens that range on the pasture year round. Their hen houses are elevated enclosed shelters offering an “open door” to the Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Rock hens and several roosters. Each evening the hens follow their own instincts to roost up off the ground in their house while an electric fence around the pasture protects them from raccoons, skunks or other predators. Daily the eggs are gathered from each nest, cleaned, inspected, cooled ready for sales that week. The hens’ diet of clover, grass seeds, and insects is supplemented with organic grains to ensure a well-balanced food source.
The pastures are maintained organically by chopping out thistles by hand rather than spraying chemical herbicides. The feed grains for our chickens contain absolutely no genetically modified grains (no GMO), no antibiotics or growth enhancers, and of course no byproducts of other animals often used as a protein source in commercial poultry operations. The organic grains for our hens costs substantially more to produce than a typical poultry ration because you get what you pay for – and we want clean, wholesome food for our livestock too! By grazing and pecking green grasses and clovers, our pastured hens produce eggs that are packed with high nutrition. The orange yolk shows the difference, and lab testing verifies the fatty acid and cholesterol profile on pastured eggs easily surpasses conventional eggs.