You can’t beat nature.
Our farms are designed with the idea that our girls should be free to do what comes naturally. Read on to learn more about the fascinating behavior of the truly free range gallus gallus domesticus.
...though it’s more like “flap.” Have you ever seen a chicken fly across the sky? Of course you haven’t. But our girls do love to flap their wings and even get a few feet off the ground now and then. And with an average wingspan of 30”, they make good use of the 12 square feet per hen that we give them.
We like to joke about our girls being descended from dinosaurs, but their more recent ancestor is the Red Junglefowl. And our hens seem to be aware of this, because they love to pretend our farms are in the jungle, perching on everything they can find. We provide trees and shaded play structures, but we draw the line at vines.
A hen that gets to poke her little beak into the grass all day, searching the pasture for bugs? That’s a happy hen. And it’s also a healthy hen: the nutrients in these “appetizing” treats, plus their “grass salad,” is what gives our yolks that lovely deep golden color.
When it’s time to get clean, our girls have a rather unorthodox method: they roll around in the dirt. But it actually keeps their feathers shiny and their skin healthy, so we make sure they always have access to sand pits. Plus, we think it’s funny to watch, too.
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Prairie Rose Farm
|Owners:||The Schmidt family|
|Years in the egg business:||5|
|Funniest thing in the barn?||The look on my friend’s face when a chicken flew up, landed on his back, and decided to perch there.|
|Best attempt at translating hen-speak:||“Feed me!”|
Sunset Valley Farm
|Owners:||The Xiong family|
|Years in the egg business:||8|
|Favorite egg dish:||Scrambled eggs|
|If chickens could talk, what would they say?||I wish I knew.|
|Location:||Sulphur Springs, Arkansas|
|Years in the egg business:||10|
|Favorite thing about free range farming:||Watching the birds play outside.|
Winding Creek Farm
|Location:||Southwest of Buffalo|
|Owners:||Donald and Jewell Headings|
|Are chickens a little crazy?||They do seem to think our heads are perches.|
|Favorite egg dish:||Egg Casserole|
|If chickens could talk, what would they say?||Something sassy.|
Tree Line Layers Farm
|Owners:||Sidney and Shari Hostetler|
|Favorite egg dish:||Omelets|
|Chickens are awfully talkative. What are they saying?||“I laid an egg!”|
|What does farming mean to your family?||A good lifestyle|
Circle H Laying Farm
|Owners:||Jonathan and Trevis Headings|
|Years in the egg business:||8|
|Favorite egg dish:||Pizza Egg Casserole|
|Please translate: “Squawk! Squawk!”||“I just laid a happy egg – yes! Yes!”|
Arkansas is the perfect place to raise hens.
All our farms are in the Ozark Woodlands of Arkansas, for several good reasons. Like what? Well, Arkansas has gently rolling wooded hills for our girls, not to mention a mild climate that means they get to go outside year round, not just in the summer. Arkansas also has an abundant fresh water supply and happens to be closer to the grain fields where we source ingredients for our hens’ feed. It’s actually better for the environment to drive our eggs to our customers than making lots of trips to deliver grain (they do eat a lot!). And since it’s only a two-day drive (in a refrigerated truck), our eggs are still fresh from the farm when they reach you.
Meet the goddesses of grub
The Grub Gals demonstrate the proper way to poach an egg, teach us not to fear a souffle and give deviled eggs a makeover. Read on for a bevy of signature recipes from these award-winning chefs.
Shopping in the egg aisle has never been more confusing. Cage-free, free range, organic, farm fresh: what do they all mean? Read on to find out.
Free range fun for everyone
Click on through for a generous serving of egg jokes and more. Download our Free Ranger app and roam around the virtual farm, or even make your own board game.