WHAT IS PASTURE RAISED
Pasture raised means that our girls always have access to the outdoors, day and night. If we are experiencing severe weather or predator attacks we may keep the girls in over night for their saftey. Our hens roam our large ranches and each hen has not less than 108 square feet of out door space per girl.
WHAT IS ORGANIC
Organic is a USDA certification process that tracks the health, inputs and processing of foods and animals. Our hens and farm is 100% organic. This means that our hens only receive feed from organic sources. They never receive antibiotics or added hormones and our land is free of pesticides. Organic is always non-GMO.
WHAT DO YOUR HENS EAT
Our hens spend all day foraging our organic fields for bugs and worms. Aditionally they are supplemented a poultry feed especially designed for their age and activity level. This ration contains grains and soy bean meal. We plan to have a "soy free" product in the spring of 2018.
SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT SALMONELLA
We have never had an incidence of salmonella and take many precautions to protect against salmonella. Here are some of those actions:
We receive only SE-free chicks.
Our vaccination program blocks SE infections later in a bird’s life.
We conduct SE testing both on the growing pullets and on birds in the layer house.
Eggs are gathered, sanitized, packed, and refrigerated very quickly.
Eggs are shipped in refrigerated trucks, at below 45 degrees F.
All of our egg-gathering belts and equipment are inspected daily for sanitation.
HOW MANY HENS DO YOU HAVE
At Pasture Fresh we keep about 10,000 hens roaming our pastures.
HOW LONG DO HENS LAY EGGS
A laying hen will begin laying eggs at about five months of age. Our layers typically produce for two years. A Pasture Fresh hen typically produces one egg every 26 to 28 hours, with occasional days off each week. The average is 300 eggs per year. As a hen ages, her shell quality goes down, making for more broken eggs.
WHAT IS THE WHITE THING IN MY EGG
The strands on either side of the yolk are called the chalazae (or chalazas).They hold the yolk in place in the center of the thick white. The more pronounced they are, the fresher the egg.
WHAT IS THE SPOT IN MY EGG
They are tiny spots caused by a blood vessel that ruptured during the formation of the egg. They are not harmful. Most eggs with blood spots are removed during the candling process. Hens that are free to run and jump more frequently have blood spots and it is due to their activity.
HOW SHOULD I STORE MY EGGS
Eggs are best kept in a covered carton at 38 to 40 degrees F on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator – not on the door, where they are regularly jostled. For every hour that an egg sits at room temperature, it ages the equivalent of an entire day.