What do Farmers Hen House chickens eat?
Our chicken feed is made up of three basic ingredients: corn, soybeans, and minerals. Other grains may be added to the feed depending on what is seasonably available to our farmers. Our organic hens eat a 100 percent certified organic diet. In fact, most of our Amish and Mennonite family farmers grow their own organic grains to feed their hens. Our cage free farmers feed their hens a conventionally grown diet, formulated by local feed mills.
Do you beak trim your hens? Why?
If you’ve ever been hen pecked, then you know that beaks are sharp. For the safety of their bird flocks, our farmers practice a very minimal form of beak trimming. The Certified Humane program has a strict policy on beak trimming. According to their guidelines, only the tip of the beak is trimmed—the sharp hook at the end—and only trained professional may do the trimming on hens 10 days or younger. When hens mature, the only sign is a rounded top edge instead of a sharp hook. The Certified Humane program ensures that hens can still engage in all their natural behaviors: eating, drinking, and pecking normally.
Are eggs still useable after the sell by date on the carton?
Yes. As long as you store your eggs at or below 45 degrees, they‘re safe to use for another two to three weeks beyond the sell by date. Eggs change the longer you store then. The whites become runnier, but the shells are easier to peel after you’ve hard boiled them.
What are Cage-Free hens?
Farmers Hen House hens love barns built to Certified Humane® standards - plenty of nesting locations, dust bathing spaces, perches, feed, water, and at least 1.2 sq. ft./hen to be chickens. Cage-Free hens’ barns meet Certified Humane® program requirements.
Can you compost Farmers Hen House egg cartons?
Yes, egg cartons may be composted!
They’re a good addition to a heap, especially one that is heavy with "greens"- the structure of the cardboard can help aerate a heavy heap and the cardboard can help soak up excess moisture.
They do need some moisture to break down though – if your heap is dry, splash some water on them and/or tear them up if you want them to break down quicker. Our labels are printed with soy ink and are made of paper so they are safe for your pile.
Are your eggs hormone and antibiotic-free?
Yes. The use of hormones in poultry is prohibited in the United States; our eggs contain no hormones. We also avoid using antibiotics on our hens. Instead, we focus on superior care to keep them healthy at all times.
What does the Certified Humane logo on your cartons mean?
Why are your hens fed a vegetarian diet?
The Certified Humane program prohibits farmers from feeding their hens any kind of animal protein or animal byproduct. To make sure our hens get the proper nutrition, we feed them a balanced vegetarian diet.
I found a double yolk egg! Is this normal?
Double yolk eggs are fairly common and completely normal. You will find them most often in our jumbo cartons. That’s because double yolk eggs are heavier and our eggs are packaged by weight. Young hens are the most likely to lay double yolk eggs.
How are Omega 3 fatty acids added to your Farmers Hen House Cage Free Omega 3 eggs?
The hens that produce our cage free omega 3 eggs eat a regular diet, along with the addition of flax seeds. Flax is high in Omega 3, and this essential fatty acid is passed through the hen’s eggs.
What does Free-Range mean?
Free-range means, our hens are never confined or placed in cages. Free-Range hens live in barns meeting Certified Humane® requirements. Our open barns have perches, privacy nests, and dust baths. In addition to having large open barns, our hens are able to move between indoors and outdoors, they have access to the outdoors at a minimum of 2 sq. ft./hen outdoors, with plenty of grass and shade. Free-Range Organic hens are fed a non-GMO organic diet.
Why are my eggs even better when pasture-raised?
Pasture-raised organic hens have more land designated as outdoor access in order to provide additional square footage per bird. Great for the bird, great for the land, and great for your eggs. 108 square feet per bird!