Free range eggs
About our Heritage Chickens
We have 21 free range heritage chickens at Riley’s Ranch, happily scratching in the dirt, digging up nice dust baths, eating crickets that hop by and laying delicious eggs. No hormones, no antibiotics, no cages..
Just healthy and happy chickens.
They roost every night in our modified barn stall-coop, with 9 nesting boxes built into the outside wall of the barn where Melanie gathers eggs every afternoon. Each box has room for 2 hens to share each nesting box, but they prefer to go in one at a time. Usually the ones who are waiting queue up on the roosting bar inside the coop, on a wooden bar that runs the length of the coop right in front of the boxes and they wait patiently for their turn. Such polite ladies! When one hen is finished laying her egg, she hops out of her box, and a hen who has waited patiently 20 or 30 minutes will hop right in and get comfortable. Each nesting box is lined with a soft clean layer of pine shavings, sometimes with a few sprigs of rosemary and lavender Melanie mixes in from her herb garden.
Eggs are available by the dozen
Here are the heritage breeds currently ranging on the farm, many on the ALBC (American Livestock Breeds Conservancy) endangered list: