A portable henhouse (egg mobile) follows the cattle in their rotation. They are moved daily to fresh pasture. The hens free range eating bugs and grasses while sanitizing the pasture by scratching through cattle droppings just like the birds in nature that follow the herbivores as biological cleansers.
Our laying hens have spent their entire lives (except the first 2-3 weeks and winter) out on green grass scratching, pecking, eating vegetation and bugs, and as Joel Salatin would say “expressing their chickenness”. They are offered a combination grains we have grown organically on the farm, GMO-free chicken feed and kitchen scrapes.
The key point is the birds are moved to new pasture daily. What has become popular is to build a barn in the middle of a pasture and then open up the doors and let the birds move outside. The reality is the birds are only going to graze so far from their main structure every single day. All the grass disappears pretty quickly and your left with
bare dirt void of bugs and critters.
You just can't beat a farm fresh egg! The yolks are a rich golden colour, they taste better and are much healthier than anything you will find in the grocery store.
Spending more money on "Free Range Organic" chicken eggs from the grocery store? You might be surprised to learn that these terms do NOT even come close to meaning what you think they mean. These terms have been hijacked by the egg industry as marketing ploys. Come visit the farm and see what "free range" should really look like.