Here at the farm we have a small diverse flock of chickens who provide us with fresh nutrient dense eggs. Our ladies are fed a quality diet with lots of variety and are given plenty of pasture for free ranging. Our eggs are not graded or sized (sometimes referred to as "nest run") and are unwashed. More information about our practices and Massachusetts safe egg handling procedures, can be found in the Q&A Section below.
Why do you have so many different types of chickens?
Variety is the spice of life! That and flock diversity helps with steady egg production throughout the year. Different breeds favor different conditions for egg production. From a biological standpoint, diversity helps keep our flock healthy. Plus, we love having the various personalities and bright colors in our landscape.
Why don't you wash your eggs?
Unwashed eggs are safer. When a chicken lays an egg, it is laid with an outside coating, known as the bloom. The coating acts as a little suit of armor keeping out bacteria. When we wash eggs, we increase the chances for bacterial invasion. Eggs sold in US supermarkets are washed and coated in oil to replace the natural bloom. In MA, safe egg handling of backyard or direct from farm eggs states eggs should be unwashed.
If eggs are unwashed why do they need to be refrigerated?
Many countries do not require the refrigeration of unwashed eggs. In the US and Massachusetts, we are required to refrigerate eggs to comply with safe handling practices.
Why do you use plastic egg cartons?
State regulations require eggs to be sold in unused containers due to sanitary issues. Meaning cardboard egg containers would not be able to be reused. The plastic containers are more sturdy and can be sanitized for reuse. Please return your containers to us.
What do you feed your chickens?
Our birds are fed a soy-free grain from Poulin Grain ( located in VT), along with snacks (oats, mealworms, produce) and whatever they dig up on pasture. We often joke, that they eat better than us, but because they do, we really win with eggs that have deep orange yolks and superior flavor.