Meet our 11 pasture-raised, egg-laying, clucky gals! Our hens spend their summer days scratching, pecking, and roaming four acres of pasture.   Each day they are let out to explore from dusk until dawn.   In the winter months, they are given the option to go out but typically tend to stay in.  Their indoor coop is roughly 12' by 12' with a sand floor, heat lamps,  nesting boxes full of straw, swings, and perches.  Fresh fruits and veggies are offered up daily along side their fancy scratch grains.  

Nutritious Colored Eggs

Eggs can come in a variety of colors; cream, pink, blue, green, brown.  Interestingly enough, the egg color is actually an indication of the chicken's breed, not their nutritional value.

Research conducted by Penn State College of Ag Sciences has shown that food and living conditions affect the nutrition of an egg.  The study shows that pasture-raised eggs are more nutritious than eggs produced by commercial hens.  They have

So, About Those Egg Labels

There are many different governing bodies and organizations that define standards and regulations for egg production.   The Food and Drug Administration regulates egg processing plants (wash/sort/pack) while the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates the actual shell egg and by-products (dried, frozen, liquid).  In order for egg producers to use USDA certified labels, they must be pre-approved by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service division.  Below you will find some of AMS's label certifications 

Many other groups including United Egg Producers, Certified Humane, A Greener World (AGW animal welfare approved) collaborate with farmers to define other certifications and guidelines that advance hen care for responsible egg production.