Once again, Quaking Canopy is, above all else, a farm! Eggs might be my favorite non veggie/fruit food. Because this gal can live off cherry tomatoes and blueberries. And coffee.
Commercial egg production is sketchy at best. Even if you aren't particularly concerned with the treatment of the hens laying your eggs, what they are fed should cross your mind. You eat what they eat when you eat their eggs. Say that ten times fast.
Commercial egg layers are fed anything from newspaper to the corn by-product pulp leftover from processing corn into products like edible packing peanuts, ethanol, and high fructose corn syrup. The corn industry has to do something with that pulp! So, yummy.
We raise our own egg laying hens because we can control not just how they are treated, but what they eat! Sure, we made it a point to build a big, comfy coop well protected from predators with plenty of places to nest and roost. But our real focus is on nutrition. Our hens are fed lots of cast off from around the farm - milk we know we won't drink in time, loads of fruit and veggie scraps from the garden, and plenty of alfalfa. But they're also fed black oil sunflower seeds - an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, selenium and of course omega fatty acids. We also add in flax - again with the omegas - and grains that we know to not be genetically engineered or require pesticides in their production such as oats, milo, barley, and so on.
Finally we top that variety off with GMO and pesticide free layer pellets formulated to keep our hens the healthiest possible with added minerals and calcium, diatomacious earth, probiotic cultures, and just the right level of protein. The result? Super hard shells, rich colorful thick yolks, and the best tasting eggs you'll ever try.
We raise a colorful assortment of breeds. These are traditional, heritage breeds many of which were created here in the US. We have Wyondettes, Delewares, Orpingtons, Rocks, Austrolorps, and even a few Favorelles and Cochins. They are efficient egg layers and typically lay brown eggs. We occasionally get green eggs (and ham!) from our few Americauna hens we have in the flock.