Free range eggs
About our Heritage Chickens
Riley’s Ranch has 21 heritage chickens happily ranging about Riley’s Ranch, scratching in the dirt and fluffing up the pine straw in search of tasty bugs, sneaking around to eat up David’s new grass seed he’s sown onto the hillside below the new bonfire pit, and taking naps under the bushes beside the barn. No hormones, no antibiotics. 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: