We currently have around 150 layers, about half are Golden Comet and the others are Rhode Island Red.
Both breeds of chicken are hearty birds and good producers.
We have a commercial greenhouse with fans running at both ends for cooling that is currently there chicken house for the evenings and bad weather.
To insure that we only produce highly nutritious eggs we feed non GMO Rye grain which we sprout to increase nutrition for the birds.
They spend most of their waking time outside scratching for what appeals to them.
You can’t produce free range eggs unless you have free range chickens.
I took this picture just as they were coming out for the day so you would see them in mass.
they have a large fenced in area to forage and after a few minutes they would be hiding in the shade of a burdock or nettle plant scratching for worms or bugs.
All three of our children help in the summer collecting eggs, letting the birds out for the day and herding them back in in the evening for safe keeping.
According to a 2007 study conducted by Mother Earth News a free range egg contains
⁃ 1/3 less cholesterol
⁃ 1/4 less saturated fat
⁃ 2/3 more vitamin A
⁃ 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
⁃ 3 times more vitamin E
⁃ 7 times more beta carotene
I can understand why many farmers mass produce eggs for supermarkets.
Keeping birds caged and feeding them grain made with subsidized GMO corn and focusing on volume is more likely to produce a profit.
Tom and I have made a conscious decision that treating all of our animals humanely focusing on the local market producing healthy whole food and meeting our customers personally with fresh eggs and meat is our best choice.