We raise mostly English & American heritage breed chickens for our eggs, these include the Dominique, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Rock, Silver Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, Delaware & Dorking.
Our girls are a little spoiled, they range freely over the property during the day where they can eat various grasses, legumes & fruits, catch bugs & worms, sunbathe, take dust baths & scratch in the soil. At night, they are secure from predators in
their insulated coop. They reward us with great tasting eggs that have a deep yellow/ almost orange yolk.
Our chickens are supplemented with a non medicated, non GMO feed which we buy from a local grain mill in Middlefield here in Geauga County.
We raise 2 breeds of duck for eggs - they are the Pekin & Muscovy.
Like the chickens, they range freely over the property during the day where they can eat various grasses, legumes & fruits & are kept safe from predators at night. They also have access to ponds to swim & preen most of the year.
They are supplemented with the same non medicated, non GMO feed that we feed the chickens.
Duck Eggs - contain more protein, calories, Omega 3, vitamins & minerals than chicken eggs. They are prized for making homemade pasta in the South of Italy, & they are also larger & richer with more albumen making cakes & pastries fluffier, moister & richer.
Another benefit is that most people who are allergic to chicken eggs are able to tolerate duck eggs because their white is a different protein to chicken egg whites & generally it is the white that causes the allergic reaction. Though please discuss this with your doctor first.
We have chosen to raise brown & buff African Dewlap geese. We really cannot find fault with them, gentle, beautiful & majestic. Only occasionally getting a little ornery when sitting on eggs which gives them a pass here! They are also great at letting us know we have intruders from both the animal & human world.
Our breeding stock came from the renown Holderread Waterfowl Preservation in Oregon. This breed is also on the Livestock Conservancy's Endangered List.
African geese are long-lived & will produce for many years. Eggs
are large, weighing 5-8 ounces & hatch in 30-32 days. Geese form bonds with their mates. They lay between 35 & 45 eggs each per year.
Our geese are free ranged on the farm during the day light hours & put inside at night for their protection. They are supplemented with non GMO grain, though prefer to forage.
Goose eggs taste very similar to duck eggs - a bit richer than a chicken egg. They can be used in much the same ways as any other type of egg in cooking & baking.
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