Like our dairy goats, laying hens are important livestock on our farm. Chickens that live on Dreamfarm are raised the way our ancestors would have cared for them.
A variety of breeds are raised in portable "hoop houses" on pasture. Their homes are moved throughout the season to provide new pasture for grazing weeds and grasses and to scratch for worms and insects. This allows them to preen and lie down in the warmth of the sun with plenty of room to spread their wings.
Because chickens cannot survive on pasture alone, we provide certified organic grain. However, pastured chickens will get up to 30 percent of their nutritional needs from insects, grass, clover and other greens. As a result of this kind of diet, their eggs have higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin A, folic acid and carotenoids and half the cholesterol. (see: Mother Earth News magazine, Oct/Nov 2007 issue). You can taste the difference in the very yellow yolks and firm whites.
When you open a carton of our eggs you will see a beautiful display of egg shell colors. We raise a variety of chickens, each breed (and individual chicken) have their own shell color. The color of the shell has no connection to the quality of the contents. It goes back to what the chickens eat!
Eggs are gathered, hand-washed, boxed and labeled daily.
Our chickens and eggs are certified organic by MOSA
(Midwest Organic Services Association)