Our chickens are allowed to roam our pastures, forests and barnyard freely during the day, returning to the safety of the barn at night. It’s a delight to see them sunbathing, dust bathing, stretching and scratching for food. The grass and insects they find while foraging result in nutritious, delicious eggs. Research has shown that eggs from pastured chickens are significantly more nutrient dense than eggs from chickens kept in confinement or restricted to the indoors.
Supplemental feed is strictly certified organic, ensuring that no GMOs or pesticides are included in their diet.
We raise several different breeds of birds which provides us with a glorious range of bird colours and the eggs that they produce. Breeds are selected for their ability to withstand temperature extremes, their foraging capability, temperament, winter laying ability and egg colour.
Ameraucana Egg colour: blue to green
This beautiful, rare breed originated in South America. It is highly coloured with distinctive tufts of feathers on its cheeks and throat. It is an above average producer of its beautiful blue eggs, forages well and is very cold hardy. Our Ameraucanas are calm and friendly.
(Black) Australorp Egg colour: brown
This common breed was developed in the 20th century in Australia. It is very cold hardy, forages well and is extremely friendly and inquisitive.
Chantecler Egg colour: very light brown
Canada’s only native breed of chicken was developed in Canada (Oka, Quebec) in 1908. Our white variety has a very small comb and wattles, making it exceptionally cold hardy. We have found our Chanteclers to be a bit more skittish when young than our other breeds and are often broody. They mature into friendly, calm hens. The Chantecler is considered endangered according to Rare Breeds Canada.
Delaware Egg colour: brown with shades of pink or purple
This uncommon breed was developed in the 1940’s. It is very robust and hardy in both the heat and cold and a very productive layer. Our Delawares are quite docile except at treat time when they are always the first in line!
(Barred) Plymouth Rock Egg colour: light (or pinkish) to medium brown
Developed in New England in the 19th century, this common breed is a favourite of most keepers of mixed chicken flocks and certainly is one of ours. These friendly birds forage well, are very robust and cold hardy and are consistent layers throughout the year.
(Speckled) Sussex Egg colour: light brown
Developed in the UK in the early 19th century and uncommon in Canada, our curious hens are perhaps the friendliest of our birds and the first to greet us when we head to the barn. They are very cold hardy and robust and forage extremely well.
Welsumer Egg colour: Dark, terracotta brown, often speckled
This beautifully coloured, uncommon breed was developed in the Netherlands in the 20th century. It is very cold hardy and matures from very noisy and lively as a pullet to calm and friendly as an adult hen, still giving us the loudest “egg song” of the flock. Its dark, speckled eggs are a beautiful addition to the colour range we collect every day.
(Gold Laced) Wyandotte Egg colour: medium brown
Friendly, reliable layers, these large, beautiful birds are very cold hardy. They were developed in Wisconsin and New York in the 19th century and are commonly found in mixed flocks for their reliability and winter hardiness.
We keep a small flock of Guinea Fowl to help us with gardening and tick control. Guinea Fowl are excellent free-ranging foragers, working as a group to patrol the garden for pests and the fields and woods for ticks. They let us and the chickens know when predators are around and when visitors arrive.
Unlike chickens, Guinea Fowl will scour the garden without damaging crops since they prefer insects, weeds and seeds that they can find without scratching. They’re fun to watch and their benefits more than compensate for their noise.