Our eggs come from pasture-raised chickens who consume organic feed and whatever else they find foraging around our yard at 1450ft above sea level in the Catskill Mountains.
We have a mix of Lavender Orpingtons, Lavender Ameracaunas, and Barred Rocks. We selected these breeds for their cold-hardiness and friendly disposition (since we knew our little dude would be excited to play with them).
We started raising them in April of 2020 as a way of providing some of our own food as well as a fun home activity during quarantine. The first batch of Lavender Orpington chicks arrived via the USPS from Ohio at 1 day old.
For the most part our chickens are named after beer or hops (except for Flamingo who was the very first chick we named because she had a pink beak).
When we ordered the chickens, we ordered them “sexed” which means they send only females (with about 90% accuracy). Out of our 11 chickens, we have 1 rooster–Wee Heavy–who protects the flock and eats more than his fair share of snacks.
Egg size is related to the breed and maturity of the chicken who laid it. We have two different ages of birds and 3 different breeds, so our eggs have a variety of both size and color.