We raise a variety of laying hens at Cherry Grove Farm, including Rhode Island Red, Buckeye, Delaware, Wyandotte, Austrolorp, and Americaunas. Our flock is fully pastured, living in mobile coops that move through the pastures, eating fresh grass and scratching around for bugs and plants.
In winter, when the grass is dormant and insects are harder to find, their diet is supplemented with non-GMO feed. Eggs, like all growing things, have seasonal variations as forage changes. Don’t be surprised if your winter egg does not look like that summer egg. That deep orange yolk will be much more yellow when the chickens do not have grass.
Our feathered beauties provide us with a rainbow of egg colors — browns, white, lavender, greens and blues — which we hand collect, wash (not soak), and package daily. If you have never tried a fresh, pasture-raised egg, you haven’t lived.
Supplies can be low in the winter months when daylight is short, and after periods of extreme cold (or heat). In late summer, chickens will begin to molt (loose old feathers and regrow new) so they are ready for cold weather. Molting takes a lot of energy and egg supplies will always dwindle during the molt.