What an “egg-citing” day! We finally got our ducks, er, I mean chickens, in a row and moved our egg laying hens onto the pasture. They are enclosed in a mesh hot fence designed to keep the chickens in and predators out. We will keep a close eye on them for the first few days to make sure it’s working as it should. They will go into the Eggmobile at night to roost.
Day to day maintenance should be fairly easy. There are little doors on the outside of the building that open so we can just reach inside to the nest boxes and get the eggs without having to go inside. The food and water will be on the outside under the awning. Hopefully soon we’ll get around to hooking up the gutter to a barrel so we can catch the rain and use it for water as much as possible. This portable poultry paddock will have to be moved every few days. I’m sure we will struggle a little at first, but eventually get our routine down pat.
We believe that eggs layed by chickens who are exposed to sunshine and whose diet is supplemented by grass and bugs are more nutritious than commercially produced chicken eggs. There are many articles out there for you to read about the potential health benefits to eggs produced by hens with exposure to fresh grass, bugs and sunshine.
Here is a link to an article which provides a few details about one such egg study.<;a href=”http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-10-01/Tests-Reveal-Healthier-Eggs.aspx”.