Lori HavensAfter enjoying a wonderful Easter Sunday cantata at our church, Bryan and I headed another 45 minutes south (and thus about 1 1/2 hours south of our farm) to pick up 20 1-year-old laying hens from an Organic Valley Coop egg farmer who had them for sale.


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I like Organic Valley and am a loyal customer of their dairy products, but I have to say I was surprised by the high production at this farm. It wasn’t anything like the confinement egg operations you see in the conventional ag industry, which is nightmarish, but it wasn’t what I had imagined, either. It’s still high production … but the birds weren’t confined in cages, and we know, since they were O.V. birds, they weren’t fed all the chems and meds that conventional birds would receive. A vast improvement over the factory-farms which produce the 99 cents/dozen chalk-white eggs at the supermarket … but we kinda like what we’re doing with these 20 hens, and we think the hens like it, too.


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