Ok, Southern Central Michiganders! It’s time to sign up and let me know if you’re interested in purchasing eggs from our flock this summer.
Eggs from non-commercial hens are actually healthier – It’s true! They’re higher in nutrients, and lower in cholesterol, thanks to the hens a.) being fed healthier diets, b.) getting sunlight and exercise, and c.) being able to engage in natural behaviors, which lowers stress and allows their bodies to perform optimally.
These eggs come from spoiled, organically-fed, happy chickens, who are taller than I am!
Ok, maybe that last bit wasn’t technically true. But the girls are happy and well-cared-for. We’re building a new, enormous coop house over the next few weeks that’ll will be on the Palatial scale.
We’ll have (in theory) 13 laying hens, which will give us approximately 10 eggs (plus or minus 1 or 2) per day on average. Figuring 6-ish dozen eggs per week, we’ll be able to accommodate about 20 dozen throughout a given month, staggering it out at about 5 dozen per week. All of the eggs should be brown.
The new girls may start laying as early as June, and we’ll begin selling when they’re laying regularly. Right now, with only two laying hens, we pretty much just have enough for us.
If you could please fill out the form below to let me know you’re interested and what your preferences are, that would be great!
In terms of the “washed/unwashed” option: Eggs keep better when left unwashed after laying due to a bloom the hen leaves on the egg to help keep bacteria and other unwanted contaminants out of the shell. When the egg is washed and the bloom removed, air, moisture, and other elements can pass more freely through the shell, leading to eggs which age more quickly. You can see the pores in the photo below on the egg in the foreground:
We leave our eggs unwashed, and simply give them a quick rinse with warm water at the time of use… well, sometimes. Most of the time, I don’t even do that – our nest boxes are clean, I know where these chickens have been, and I’ve yet to become sick from not washing the eggs at all. I do rinse in warm water if there is any visible staining or detritus on the shell.
If you sign up, you have the option of going with washed or unwashed eggs. The washed eggs are fifty cents more, due to the extra time and effort involved. They’ll be rinsed in warm water, with no soaps, bleaches, or other agents to make sure the eggs are still good for you.
There are three options to receive your eggs: Pick-up from our house, delivery to LW DC3, or delivery to another location. There will be no extra charge for eggs picked up at DC3, our house, or within 5 miles of our house, which is north of Williamston. For deliveries within 15 miles of our house, there will be a fifty cent delivery charge (not bad, right, considering the cost of gas.)
The base cost of one dozen eggs will likely be $3.00, possibly $3.50 – I need to figure out the cost of feeding these 13 girls when they’re fully-grown.
Stay tuned for the pickle signup sheet! I’m determined to make our cucumber crop work this year, because there were a lot of disappointed people last summer.
On this form, there are checkboxes for other Stuff folks might be interested in – check whatever you like. This form doesn’t mean a solid commitment; it’s just a “notice of interest.”