We have a flock of Black Australorp hens that are loving life, free-ranging on pasture, getting exercise, producing beautiful, healthy brown eggs. They feast on grass, greens, seeds, and bugs for about 80% of their diet, supplemented by free-choice, non-medicated laying mash.
The hen house is a refurbished travel trailer that we’ve dubbed the “Chick Magnet.” Every few days we move the Chick Magnet to a different spot on the pasture. The chickens get fresh greens, bugs, plenty of shade and fresh water — and they fertilize the pasture as a bonus. The chickens scratch and feed most of the day (except when they’re in a laying box), and re-enter the trailer at night to roost.
Some grocery stores sell what they call “cage-free” or “Omega-3” eggs. These chickens actually spend all their time crowded in a barren yard of hard-packed dirt, eating nothing but dry mash. Our chickens, by contrast, are truly free to wander and explore as they please, enjoying the good life on pasture.
Guard dogs protect our chickens from ground-level threats, and the birds have even learned to sense aerial predators (we have a healthy population of hawks and owls). They quickly dart for cover under the trailer or a nearby tree or bush whenever they sense danger from above.
Cost for eggs is $5.00 per dozen delivered. We are making deliveries once a week to the Wasatch Front. If you’re interested, please register to receive information about products as they become available and how to place orders.