A farm just isn't a farm without chickens. As crazy as they drive me (I just can't keep them out of my flower pots!) the place just would not be the same without them. I love looking out the window and seeing them roaming freely, chasing a bug, chasing each other, and running to me when I step out the door and call, "Here chick, chick, chick!"
The grandkids love running after them and have named a few of them. Ms. Stripums is their favorite along with Ms. Fatums.
These girls are definitley pasture raised. We currently have 38 chickens and they have a full quarter (160 acres +) to roam around on and get all the bugs and sunshine they want. You can tell it in their eggs. You know you have a great egg when the yolks are orange. None of this wimpy light yellow stuff you buy in the store. These eggs are chock full of protein and vitamins galore.
You can also tell it in the taste! There is nothing better than a farm-fresh egg, well...except for maybe some tender and delicious farm-fresh beef!
We gather our eggs daily, sometimes two or three times a day...depending on how many grandkids are here. They love "picking" eggs and taking them to the barn to put in cartons and into the refrigerator. They have learned why we don't wash them, unless of course they have a lot of poop on them.
If you are interested in purchasing some of the products from my girls, you can click on the link above to place an order. You can also text the word EGGS to 405-367-6457 and order via text.
SOME STUFF YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW
I have had people ask if our hens were free-range. Actually, they are better than free-range, our girls are open range. Pasture-raised eggs are laid by hens that spend their days outdoors roaming the pastures as they please. The typical free range hens get a minimum of 2 square feet per bird and have limited access to the outdoors. Cage-free birds get a minimum of 1.2 square foot per bird and may rarely, if ever, see the sunlight. We make sure our girls have access to fresh air and sunshine year-round with plenty of room to roam over 160+ acres.
Our hens spend their days foraging in the pastures. They eat anything green, including my flowers. They don’t stop with plants though! They love munching on a grasshopper or any other bug or worm they might find. I have seen Ms. Stripums running around with a frog in her mouth. Along with the food they forage for, our girls receive supplemental feed consisting primarily of corn and laying blend that is non-GMO, non-medicated, and has no added hormones.
We usually gather 24-30 eggs daily, so our supply is limited. It might be over a week before we make it in to town, but don't worry - we do not wash our eggs unless they are really yucky. Washing removes the eggs’ natural protective layer (called the ‘cuticle’ or ‘bloom’), which is why store-bought eggs must be refrigerated and don't stay fresh as long. Our eggs will literally last for a couple of months before starting to go bad. I have left ones I was using myself sitting on my cabinet for over a week without refrigeration and have never had any go bad.
If you ever wonder if your eggs are getting old, you can always do the water test. Just fill a pan with water and gently place your eggs into the pan. If they stay flat on their side they are still really fresh. If they start to tilt up a little, they are still ok but losing their freshness. If they stand straight up, it's time to toss them. If they float, well just hope you don't drop them because it won't be pleasant.
If you purchase eggs from us, you might notice that the size of the eggs will be varied. A hen’s age is the main factor that determines egg size. Young hens that are just beginning to lay tend to produce smaller eggs, and, ironically, a few jumbos as well. Because our eggs are natural and not from a factory farm, you may see some variation in egg size.
Not only might you see a variation in size, you might get some Easter eggs if you are lucky. Did you know that a hen’s ear-lobe color will tell you what color their eggs will be? That’s not the reason behind the color though, an egg’s color is determined by the breed. We have a mixed breed of chickens and so some of our eggs are brown, some are a pale pink but most of them are white.
We know it is a long way out to the farm to get eggs. Unfortunately, we’re not able to deliver directly to your doorstep. However, I do come in to the OKC area about once a week and if I have extra eggs, I can make a stop in El Reno, Yukon, and Mustang at a drop-off point. You can text the word EGGS to 405-367-6457 to opt in to our text communications.