On August 31, 2011, Alexia laid our very first egg. She laid it in the run, it was tiny and muddy, but, let me assure you, there was a happy dance (me, not her). It took a while, but the other nine 1.0 girls followed suit, and the flock now lays an average of between six and seven eggs per day.
Our flock is free ranged all day, from dawn to dusk. This is a significantly-increased risk to our girls’ safety, but we have decided that the benefits outweigh the risks. They are healthier, happier, better exercised, and their eggs are healthier, too. So am I. Watching them range on our lawn and dust bath around the lilac tree never ceases to delight me.
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more Vitamin A
- 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids
- 3 times more Vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
AND…they come from happy, pampered chickens.
We use no pesticides on our property, so the chickens’ pasture is chemical free, and Heedley’s Hens are fed only vegetarian organic feed. That said, chickens are not vegetarians, not by a long shot. In fact, chickens are the closest living relatives of dinosaurs, the scary, carnivorous kind, not the gentle, leaf-eating kind. They will eat anything and everything, including chicken, given the chance. When they free range, they spend hours hunting bugs and worms.
Our eggs have glorious orange yolks and firm, clear whites. The eggs you buy in the grocery store can be as old as 4-6 weeks old. The difference is remarkable.
And each Heedley’s Hens egg comes out of the chicken’s butt personally autographed by the hen herself!
Not really. But wouldn’t that be AWESOME?