We have thrown the cages away, put in
windows, and use natural lighting and natural ventilation to the maximum.
Our friend the hen can take sun baths, dust herself, visit her neighbor,
lay eggs in the nest, and carry on as a good hen should. In good weather
she can exit to the outdoors on our porches.
These are the basics of our feed. We
buy directly from organic farmers. These farmers use no pesticides,
herbicides, and use only natural manures and rotate their crops periodically.
The farmers must present their certificates to us before we buy from
them. Finally, our mill, our feed that we mix, our hens and our eggs
are certified each year by an independent agency – NFC.
Our eggs contain six times the amount
of Omega-3’s in the normal eggs. Our feed, which we mix in our
own mill, contains rich sources of the essential long chain polyunsaturated
fatty acid. Omega-3’s help reduce blood pressure, blood clots,
heart disease, arrhythmia and cancer. They are also the primary constituents
of retinas and our brain. Mother’s milk contains Omega-3’s,
which support the development of the child’s brain.
We don’t wash and scrub the majority
of our eggs for three reasons. First, most of our eggs come from the
nests basically clean, not dirty. Second, scrubbing and washing can
damage the natural protective film on the egg, the cuticle. And third,
total constant washing involves the use of harsh chemicals in the wash
water. This we will not do.
They should be for two reasons: first,
we feed our hens a soft calcium from ancient sea beds, which produces
a stronger egg shell. Secondly, we sort our eggs by hand at least three
times. You should never get a cracked or broken shell. If you do, please
call and we will send you a refund.
We put the expiration date on the top
of the box where it is easy to see. The date is 45 days from the week
in which the egg was laid. Actually, our eggs can be kept safely for
months, but we deliver quickly into the market and remove any eggs on
the shelf before expiration occurs..
You are buying the best possible eggs
that can be produced in a business fashion. I believe that organic farming
produces healthier plants, which produce better grains and leaves, which
produce healthier hens, which produce healthier eggs. Try the difference:
finer whites that don’t run, stand-up yolks of a deeper color,
and a distinctive, farm taste.
If you’ve been patient to reach
this far, you might wonder how The Country Hen started. My mother bought
me twenty-four hens when I was ten years old. I joined the 4-H and was
proud to be chosen secretary of our Poultry Club (there were three of
us!). With this slim base and a very little Spanish, I began my egg
career in Bogota, Colombia in 1962. Until 1977, when I sold, I was the
proud owner of over 200,000 hens. I retired to study the poultry business
and its health factors in the United States. I was much concerned with
cholesterol fears. But these dissipated in time. I learned that the
Chinese and Japanese don’t have major heart disease and that one
should, therefore, eat just like them. Then a very good friend told
me, as I was contemplating getting back into the poultry business, “George,
you can’t put hens in cages.” That made me mad, because
I had always used cages. But, now I believe he is right. So we are producing
eggs the old fashioned way. I think you’ll taste the difference!
For those of us at The Country Hen,