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Where Have All the Eggs Gone?

While we are having our own mini egg crisis here on the Farm, there is a larger crisis looming over the entire United States. And it’s all about EGGS. Or the lack of eggs.

Here on thee Farm our Laying Hens are still not laying. We are doing what we can to give them a boost, but Nature is in charge right now.

The natural cycle is for chickens to lay eggs in the Spring & Summer months to reproduce when there is plenty of light (at least 14 hours of daylight) and more food is available in the fields. As the days get shorter, the hens sense the change in seasons and egg production slows down.

Also, molting (replacing old, worn feathers and growing new ones) often occurs in the Fall or Winter. A molt usually can last from 2 to 6 months and can’t be rushed. It takes as much energy to grow new feathers as it does to lay eggs, so right now our hens are putting their energy into their new plumage.  But this is a natural process and because we are a natural Farm, we do not put lights on at night to simulate daytime and we do not give our hens arsenic to stimulate their appetite.

 
We do give them special rations to boost their protein intake, like pumpkins (pumpkin seeds are rich in protein), sunflower seeds, greens and their favorite…meal worms!  And then we wait for nature to run her course. In the meantime, they are healthy and happy hunting for delicious tidbits in the compost pile or running around the pasture enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and the occasional worm at this time of year.

 

 

The bigger crisis is nationwide. Their is a shortage of eggs (as well as poultry) due to the rampant spread of Avian Flu   Just 2 months ago their were about 1 million cases reported, as of now it is up to 47 million cases! The destruction of millions of laying hens is resulting in higher egg prices and rationing of eggs in some areas.

While our hens are undergoing a natural process, there is nothing natural about the Avian Flu.  Why is this happening? Could it be the confinement and sanitary conditions of these commercially raised birds that have NO access to sunlight or natural conditions and are forced to be caged or confined with thousands of other birds, breathing the same disease borne air?

Whatever the case, you can expect to see an increase in the cost of eggs at your grocery store in many locations. Thankfully, we have not heard of any outbreaks in Georgia.

WHEN WILL WE SEE LOGANBERRY EGGS AGAIN?
 

The majority of our eggs layers are going through their first molt which is harder and longer than subsequent molts. So stay tuned for news on when they start laying again.

 

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