Research studies are showing that conventional supermarket eggs from hens raised in confinement are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by healthy hens raised in natural settings on pasture. Cholesterol and saturated fats are decreased while omega 3 healthy fats and vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid, and beta carotene are doubled and quadrupled or more (Mother Earth News, Oct/Nov 2007)
Our hens are organically raised Tetra Reds. They are out all day in sunny green fields foraging on grasses, healthy weeds, grit, bugs, and worms. We provide dusting baths, fresh spring water, and organic soy-free, high omega 3 feed. Natural supplements, vitamins, and fresh produce in their diet include kelp, micro algae, chia/flax seeds, soaked nuts and sprouted whole grains like quinoa and amaranth, sesame seeds, blackstrap molasses, raw coconut, and our organic garden scraps like parsley, purslane, kale, and other leafy greens, cranberries, broccoli, pumpkin, red peppers, and whatever else is available). They run after the cows, the chisel plow, or anyone with a shovel because that means more unearthed grubs, insect larvae, compost, and worms. Since we believe fertile eggs are rich with growth factors, we keep Buff Orpington and Longhorn roosters. They do a fine job at looking after the hens, making sure they are fed, protected, stress-free, and herded in safely at night. In winter we continue to provide fresh raw foods and meat scraps and we also add immune boosting foods like raw milk kefir, rejuvelac, fermented cabbage, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.
We also regularly hatch our eggs and offer fertile eggs for home/school hatching. We do not wash off the natural protective coating on the eggs nor refrigerate them. We encourage visitors to come to the farm for the enjoyment of collecting their own eggs, still warm from under the hen.