Pasture Eggs – One dozen per week for 18 weeks.
Pasture Egg Share
Pasture Egg Share
The video above is showing our hens being let out of the mobile hen house first thing in the morning.
Pasture Egg Share – 18 weeks
The 18 week Pasture Egg Share runs concurrently with the 18-week Vegetable Share.
Additional eggs maybe purchased by chance during your visit for $6 a dozen.
Our hens live in a mobile hen house with wheels. This set up provides many benefits for both our hens and our consumers.
Why a movable chicken coop?
This unique chicken RV is designed to move our chickens around the farm.
- The ground is not over taxed by the chickens feeding. After the chickens have eaten the grass down, just move to a fresh spot.
- Chickens range free and feed on worms and insects on a new patch of land.
- Chickens will eat insects and fertilize at the same time.
- Easy maintenance. Move the coop close to your working area for cleaning.
- Eggs from pastured hens are healthier than their supermarket counterparts.
- 2/3 times more Vitamin A
- 2 times more Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- 3 times more Vitamin E
- 4 to 6 times as much Vitamin D
- 7 times more Beta-Carotene
- Eggs from our grass-eating, pastured hens taste better!
- Pastured eggs usually have thicker shells and darker more flavorful yolks.
Let’s take a quick glance at the cost associated with our Hens.
- It takes 6 months to raise a day old chick to an age when she will begin to lay eggs.
- The hen will lay about 250 eggs for the next year and then take a break to molt. She will produce for another year at a lesser rate of 150 eggs. We expect about 400 eggs out of each hen during her time with us.
- During the two years the hen is with us she will consume 200 pounds of feed. A fifty pound bag of grain can average $24. If you take just the feed cost and divided by the 33 dozens eggs we are praying for the hen to lay we are at a cost of $2.90 a dozen just for feed.
- Let’s add another $.42 for the egg cartons. That brings use up to $3.32 for feed and carton.
At this point I stopped. I do not even want to consider what our labor cost (a minimum of one person, 30-minutes a day) would be for taking care of hens, cleaning next boxes, collecting eggs, cleaning eggs, and of course moving the hens around to fresh grass. Adding in other things like bedding, shelter, feeders, and fencing you can see we are not making money at $5.50 a dozen. We have a farm and a farm has to have chickens. So we keep a small flock and keep things manageable for all concerned. The hens are fun to watch!
Hens that allow to roam on pasture produce the healthiest eggs for us to eat. The eggs have the highest level of vitamins and Omega 3 Fatty Acids and the lowest levels of toxins and stress hormones as well as lower levels of cholesterol and saturated fat.
Our Eggs are NOT Graded
Our eggs are collected two to three times a day and cleaned. Our staff randomly selects 12 eggs out of the basket and places them in the carton making them ready for pick up.
An average egg (based on USDA average per egg weights) weighs 34 grams. The size of the individual egg is effected by several factors. Most of our eggs average closer to 45 -50 grams, or medium-sized. However, our mature hens only lay jumbo eggs, over 60 grams. The picture shows you the difference is size between a young pullet just starting to lay compare to an older hen.
Our hens do range in age. We tend to keep them around as long as they are laying eggs.