Free Range/Pastured Eggs

August 25th, 2013

Our egg production is a little lower at the moment due to some disappearing chickens.  We have no real clue what has happened. Recently we have had close to 40 chickens disappear from the property.  There has been no sign of disturbances (i.e. feathers or remains), so we are in the process of changes things up a little.  At the moment the chickens are Free Range, which means they have coop with a very large run off of it to roam around.  We are supplementing their diet with Alfalfa Hay and the Non GMO Grain since they are not fully roaming are property.  Chris is going to get a new building finished for them and see about a rotating pasture area for them versus fully roaming the property.  We are don't know if it is hawks, badgers, skunks, coyotes or a 2 legged thief we have on our hands. For this reason we are going to have the chickens done as free range and we have also had to put locks on the coops for the evening hours.  We still have eggs, just a reduce in production. Good news is we also have order a 100 new pullets, so by spring we should have lots of eggs available.


June 11th, 2013
We are switching to an Non GMO Feed for our Laying Hens.  Most of their diet consists bugs, grass and whatever they can find foraging off the property but we do supplement them with grain.  We have found a place to get Non GMO Feed in Bulk and a good price.  We will be raising the price of our eggs to help with the cost of the organic grain, but the good news is the per dozen price will only be going up .25 cents.  For more information give us a call.  Also remember to reserve your eggs for the Louisville Farmers Market to guarantee you get some before we sell out.
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June 2 2013

Do to the increased interest in our eggs we have more hens that are going to be coming into production soon.  We also have more chicks in the brooder now.  Those in the brooder won't be laying for about 6 months.  We are trying hard to meet the demands of our costumers.  Until we can fully meet the demand of our new and existing customers we ask that you please reserve your eggs.  Please e-mail us or call us with your order in advance.  This way you know you are going to have eggs when we come to the market.  Just drop us and email with your name and the amount you want and we will bring them with us and you pay for them when you pick them up.
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We raise Barred Rock Hens for our Egg layers.  These hens are terrific and provide large brown eggs with a beautiful yolk.  They are raised cage free; this means they have a big chicken coop with a large chicken run off of it so they can enjoy the sunshine and forage for food. 



For more information on our eggs, please feel free to email info@stpeternaturalfarm.com or call 719-671-3063 and ask for Rachel.


We have many people ask us what the difference is between Regular Eggs, Cage Free, Free Range and Pastured Eggs.  PBS did a great video on this called "The Story of an Egg", see below:


So here is the breakdown:

Normal Eggs at the Grocery Store:  Generally the chicken is raised in a small cage with other chickens without room to move around.

Cage Free Eggs:  Chickens raised in a building that are not in cages.  Generally these are large buildings with lots of chickens with feeders/waters down the center; chickens do not have access to the outside.  

Free Range:  Chickens raised in coop that have access to a fenced in outside area.

Pastured Eggs:  Chickens are raised on pasture and have the ability to roam property and generally have coop for protection from elements and for roosting in the evenings.

Our chickens are Pastured Chickens.  They have coops to go into during the evening to roost and for weather elements.  The coops do have large outdoor runs on them so if for some reason they need to be contained (due to real bad storms, etc) they have their coops and an outdoor run.  Every morning we go out and give them fresh grain, water and then open the doors for them.  They then forage off the property freely.  We do not use chicken tractors for our chickens.  They have full access to all of our property and we often find them coming over to the house, with our cows and even our hogs.  In the evenings our chickens return to their coops to roost.  We then lock them in for the evening to protect them from predators such as coyotes, badgers, skunks, etc. 

If you would like more information on our chickens or have general questions, please feel free to contact us.

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