Why our eggs are more expensive?
Review the reasons on Our Eggs page. Other reasons include:
- Labor is much higher raising hens on pasture.
- Pasture raised hens lay up to 35% less eggs then caged hens. When a chicken spends most of it’s day foraging, running, flying and jumping around, there is less energy available to make eggs. Our chickens also use more energy to stay warm at night, since they are not in a climate-controlled building.
- More infrastructure is needed per chicken than factory operations. Plus, all of the infrastructure has to be mobile which requires more maintenance.
- With a large flock of free roaming chickens, it is impossible to know exactly how productive a specific chicken is at any given time. There are a lot of freeloaders. And some eggs don’t make it to the nesting boxes, are cracked or are eaten by the dog.
Why our eggs taste better?
Our eggs taste better because our birds are healthy. Our chickens get fresh air and exercise. Their diet is diversified with grass, natural seeds, worms and insects. They don’t lay as many eggs… so the quality of each egg is higher.
Why our eggs are healthier?
Our eggs are healthier for the same reason they taste better.
A recent MOTHER EARTH NEWS study found that compared to conventional American eggs, real free-range (pasture raised) eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat, plus more vitamins A and E, beta carotene and polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.
Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Their testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 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
How can you support our farm?
Ask for a location to host our mini farm stands and vending machines.
Spread the word to friends, family and your favorite restaurant.
Crowd funding campaign may be coming soon. More information will be available soon.
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More about Buddy?
Buddy is a 5 year old, 170 pound Great Pyrannes. He has a calm gentle demeanor and at the same time, he is a great protector. He has a strong instinct to take care of his chickens. His breed is the most widely available breed that’s known for livestock protection. Buddy loves meeting new people and is a hit at Farm Tours.
- Where to buy our eggs?
What’s the difference between Wise Acre Farms and any small local person that sells eggs from their house?
Most small farmers don’t rotate their chickens and they don’t have an adequate place to forage in. Because of this their diet isn’t as varied and the quality of the eggs isn’t going to be consistently as good.
I suggest that you look at the farm you are buying your eggs from on Google Earth. You can learn about the way they are raising their chickens by what you see. Compare the picture of their farm to Wise Acre Farm. When you look at our farm you will see the chickens foraging and moving around.
Other farms we can recommend?
Do our eggs need to be refrigerated?
We do recommend refrigerating our eggs. For every day an egg lasts outside of the refrigerator, it will last a week in the fridge. We have tested eggs for up to 2.5 months in the refrigerator and they were still good.
How are your eggs when hard boiled?
When eggs are purchased fresh from Wise Acre Farms, the shells will stick to the egg white making it harder to peel. We recommend leaving our eggs out for a few days or in fridge for a couple weeks before hard boiling.
Where to learn more about raising chickens?
We plan to offer classes for beginning chicken owners and small farms that are starting up. Bryan also suggests that you look up Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. He has many youtube videos and books about raising chickens.