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Barn, organic, free or cage?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by joeydaone, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. joeydaone

    joeydaone New Egg

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    So in a egg shell I guess I raise barn chickens. There for I have barn eggs? I have not been able to find a diffinitive answer on this. Maybe I am not looking hard enough?
    My flock has a large run(most the organic material has been eaten however they do get seasonal organics plus our scrap greens ext...) and a large coop with two large nesting boxes. I supplement there feed with hormone free layer feed. So to the best of my understanding I raise barn eggs. Can't be free range cause they are in a run. Can't be organic because I do not use pure organic feed. Obviously not cage do to the absence of a cage. SO must be barn. Anyone think different?

    Ty, Joe.

    Ps. Thank you Lord for heat lamps!
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How high do you raise those hen eggs, Joeydaone? I seldom get the chickens above shoulder height, myself.

    The eggs are on the bottom shelf in the refrigerator and I checked table and skillet on the stove - not over 36 inches at my place [​IMG].

    Welcome to BYC!!

    [​IMG] Steve
     
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:Are you looking for a marketing hook? How about Cage-Cree? Or Eggs from Happy Hens Down on the Farm...

    I take it you are looking to charge a premium for your eggs and want the customer to feel they are getting something extra. Was your feed actually sold to you as "Hormone Free"? I hope you didn't pay extra for it....
     
  4. joeydaone

    joeydaone New Egg

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    I'm not to worried about marketing I have plenty of folks wanting eggs especially tis time of year. More or less just want to answer the questions some of my friends have as honest as possible. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Just tell them that what you've told us, that they have a large coop and run and get good food and garden scraps. You don't need a two word description...
     
  6. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are fresh and local - I don't think you can get much better than that [​IMG].

    "Organic" has a lot of strings attached. "Natural" doesn't mean much of anything.

    "Farm Fresh" sounds good to me!

    Steve
     
  7. joeydaone

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    Thank you. Sounds fine with me. [​IMG]
     
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Do they have access to outside of the barn onto grass? If so, you could use a couple other marketing terms.

    As you've explained it, your eggs are natural, fresh and cage-free. Cage-free sells in my parts.
     
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine have access to their outdoor run but do not free range. they have more than enough room and get greens and corn in addition to regular feed. I call mine cage free, hand raised chickens.
     
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    You can probably use "free range" under those circumstances. Most people would say "pasture raised" these days, though, so free range was historically misused.
     

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