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Eggs for Sale

We’ve been working very hard at the far renovate existing structures. The chicken coop has been cleaned out, a new feeder installed as well more nesting boxes. Together with a constant supply of grit (sand), these improvements have boosted egg production to 18-22 eggs per day. You are welcome to drop by the farm to purchase a dozen. It’s best to call ahead, just to make sure they are available.

Our hens roam free on the farm, exploring its different areas. They feed on pasture, vegetable scraps and an organic grain mixture. Four roosters keep the hens inline, meaning that the eggs have often been fertilized. This being contrary to commercial hens who never see a rooster during their entire life. Fertilized and unfertilized eggs have the same appearance, nutrition and taste. These free range have bright yellow yolks and much more body than commercial eggs. They hold very well in a frying pan, taste terrific and bakers can often reduce the required number of eggs in a recipe. The eggs have very strong skins between the shell and the inside so if you decide to boil them, be sure to peel the shell before the egg cools to make it easier on yourself.

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This is a single weblog entry, posted on July 28th, 2008. 3 Comments »

3 responses to “Eggs for Sale”

  1. Ezio Berolo says:

    Dear Riverglen Biodynamics,

    we were very excited to find out that we can buy real free range organic eggs from you- free range being the operative word, and as you know, the industry has chosen to redefine “free range” as mobility within a square foot or less.
    We have however a concern: I worked at the CRC for 25 years, the second exit to the north from you, traveling west on Carling Ave. During the late nineties there was recovery of old ammunition and mustard gas containers on the property toward the rifle range if I recall correctly. I trust that you must have tested the soil on the farm for such contaminants in the soil either due to water runoff or wind contamination. If so could you please let us know if indeed such test were done and when and if the results were consistent with CRAFT guidelines.

    Best,

    Ezio Berolo 18April2012

  2. Mougan says:

    My hens do exactly the same thing. I just fsihnied my coop project in early March, and have only had my girls for about a month now. I installed 2 4 s for roosting, which just don’t work at all. Instead of roosting, they all pile into the nesting boxes at night. I’m replacing the boards with recycled garden tool handles this weekend. I hope it changes our sleeping arrangements!Enjoyed your site.

    • david says:

      Thanks for sharing. It will take time for your hens to get used to their coop and perches, so don’t dispair. 2x4s provide the best perches I have tried, yet. Strong, cheap, good solid surface for the hens. If you bought ‘ready to lay’ it is very likely they have never perched on anything in their lives, having grown up in the chick factory, and it will take time for them to learn these new habits. Good luck!

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