Early Bird Eggs
Early Bird Farm eggs are available through our CSA, either together with our vegetable CSA, or on their own. To find out more about our CSA program, please visit our CSA page, or click here to view our 2013 flier.
What types of birds are in your flock?
Early Bird hens include Red Stars, Barred Rocks, and Ameraucanas. The Red Stars are a modern commercial breed known for excellent brown egg production and a docile disposition, the Barred Rocks are a beautiful black and white spotted heritage breed from the colonial days that are excellent foragers and good layers of brown eggs, and the Ameraucanas are the ones that lay the blue eggs.
What is the difference between "free range" and "pasture raised"?
For grocery store eggs to be labeled "free range," the birds are only required to have what is called "access to pasture." In commercial operations, this usually means a small patch of dirt outside a giant warehouse that the birds might never walk outside to see. Early Bird hens are truly pasture raised. They live outside on grass and are moved to fresh pasture every week. A true pasture raised egg tastes better than anything you'll find at the store!
How do the birds move around the farm?
I have built 3 mobile chicken trailers to house the birds. They go inside these trailers to lay eggs during the day and to roost at night. I lock them in every evening to protect them from predators. Their pasture area is protected by a portable electric fence. To move the birds to a new spot, I get up really early in the morning, take down the electric fence, move it to new grass, then hitch the mobile coops to a tractor and drive them to the new spot. They get really excited about new grass to eat and worms to catch!