Where are the eggs?
The short days of winter reduce egg production significantly, and weather extremes reduce production even more. It is natural for hens to take a bit of a break in the dead of winter.
We allow this production ebb by not forcing year around production with artificial lighting and winter confinement for our hens. Unfortunately, it means eggs don’t always appear in shares – their value is made up by additional meat cuts. On the upside, this management approach extends our hens productive lives, and we feel is the most humane.
We have 200 young hens (pullets) wintering in one of our brooder boxes, maturing in that protected environment. They will soon being laying. Those eggs will be added to the increasing production of the older hens that will come as the sun returns and the days grow longer.
Fear not, the eggs will return to the shares.