UPDATED: We are closing the farm (see July 1, 2016 post) but have a HUGE inventory of chicken (and quail) eggs. Please e-mail (vikkibooks at yho) ASAP because we are selling our flock.
The bird / avian flu is demolishing chicken flocks all over the world. Thousands and thousands of chickens are dying or culled because others in their flock have the flu. Each dead chicken means one less meat bird, or quite a few dozen eggs to eat.
Then there's the flooding in the middle of the USA, and the drought in California. Corn and other grains are either not being planted, or planted and either dying or frying in the fields. What little is grown .. will it go for human consumption, or to feed the remaining food animals?
Many farmers and ranchers are concerned about the lack of feed, and are harvesting / culling their meat animals now. Yes, there will be a sudden influx of cheap meat, but not too far from now, the meat will be scarce and VERY expensive.
Back to eggs...
Go to a grocery, and chances are you'll find a sign in the egg section saying there is a limit (rationing) as to how many dozens of eggs you can buy at a time. OR the price has increased double or triple it's normal price.
People are "flocking" to us little farmers for eggs. Some dishonest little farmers are taking advantage of the situation and charging $10 a dozen for eggs. Huh? I can't believe people would do that. No, we won't change our prices that much until the price of feed might demand a SMALL increase.
However, if our chickens continue to get stolen, we MIGHT change out prices to include the security procedures and items we'll need to install.
Our chickens and turkeys are fed rice, oats, black oil sunflower seeds, flax seeds, oyster shell and free-range on grass and weeds and bugs.
We have 15 laying hens who give us between 8 and 12 eggs a day. We have 1 laying turkey who gives an eggs 3-4 times a week. Each chicken egg dozen is $3.50 for mixed sizes and mixed colors. All eggs are unwashed and unrefrigerated. We reduce the cost by $.25 if you return the carton in good condition.
MUST e-mail for eggs.
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We are starting to raise quail for eggs and meat. It takes about 3 quail eggs to equal 1 chicken egg, but there's more yolk-to-white ratio. Very delicious.
Notice the black and brown spots on the eggs ... that is completely natural! It's not poo... just what the egg really looks like.
Some people who are allergic to chicken eggs, can eat quail eggs with no problems. Isn't that wonderful?
UPDATED July 1, 2016: We ARE keeping the quail (legal in Colorado to keep, even in an apartment as long as it's ok with apartment complex). Quail egg prices are $3.50 per dozen, which is low ($4.50 to 6.00 per dozen). We have lots as of July 1, 2016. Our quail are raised on basically the same foods as the chicken, with the addition of greens (kelp, spinach and parsley), and mealworms.
If you are interested in getting on our customer list for quail eggs, please contact me. First come, first served.
As a side note, we'll be getting back into goat milk shares again. Stay tuned!