eggs for sale – July 2011

We’re selling eggs – directly to you (we can place them in your CSA crate). You will need to place an order – in person, by phone, email, or on this blog. However. 

You’re welcome to purchase one dozen every now and again. Better yet, place a standing order for each and every week! (Or every other week!)

We are charging $4.00 per dozen at this time. Please read below to learn why!

When it’s green we pasture our hens on our “back 10”. Around Thanksgiving time (usually our first snows, and the sign of the times) the hens are moved into a permanent, stationary 22′ x 44′ hoophouse. (This year I hope to have a rustic pole building with hoophouse plastic and forever indoor/outdoor access completed. This would be used solely for winter shelter, not a year-round hen house. That’ll leave the stationary hoophouse available for growing plants!) 

Below you see one version of the portable Hoop-Coops we’ve used for 7 years. These are utilized outdoors, on pasture. The white fence around the structure is an electrified, movable poultry netting. Yes, we’ve had problems with keeping poultry alive without it. The hens are inside the portable shelter, under cover. Yep, we’ve had problems with aerial predation upon the poultry too. So, in the name of humane treatment, we’ve found to keep ’em alive we keep them inside an electric fence and inside a covered and fairly tight shelter. Now I’d like to knock on some wood for their safety’s sake too.

I have an oversized dolly which I use to jack up the structure somewhat and then I pull it along. Every day I move the open-bottomed structure to a new patch of pasture. It’s a step-by-step move. The hens really like the moving. When I slip the dolly under they all head to the lead edge, when I move them along they walk right onto the new ground! 

The best reason I can find for me to raise eggs for my family and you is this fresh pasture. Here’s a view into the shelter. It’s encased in poultry netting. The bugs and the breeze pass right on through. 

The silver canister hanging down is their grain feeder. The second best reason for us to raise eggs is that we supplement their pasturing with a balanced, certified organic feed. We purchase this locally from the Graham’s. 

These two reasons make for an incredible, healthy egg!

We have had many batches of chickens through the years. The barred rock are the black and white variety above. Rhode Island Reds are the rusty ones. Most of the hens in the picture above had heads to the grindstone, eating the fresh pasture I just moved them to. We’ve enjoyed both these varieties for their winter hardiness and aggressive foraging – but especially because they lay great eggs under these great conditions!

Yep, eggs in milk cartons. Seems it’d be easier to have them lay in egg cartons?? That’s old hoophouse plastic keeping the eggs, nest boxes, and hens dry if the weather gets wet.

Here’s reason #3 for us to raise hens for eggs: they really benefit our pastures greatly. In the picture above you see distinct, though faint “tracks” from the hen’s shelter. That’s the footprint of their shelter as I move it day-to-day. They graze the greens down, they drop manure down, and I move them along. The vegetative growth stays vigorous, green, and fresh.

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