About Egg Well Farm
Egg Well Farm is committed to making breeds available to the public that are sometimes difficult to find and we hope to educate the public about the many facets of owning a chicken other than for consumption.
We have a vision to save chicken breeds that are on the critical, watch, or threatened list of the Heritage Livestock Conservancy. We also carry some of our own favorite breeds, and we treat each one of our guys and gals like pets. And as much as is humanly possible, we pick up each one as often as we can to cuddle. We pamper our flocks as much as our time and energy allow. We enjoy giving them treats like bread, can corn, table scraps, and mealworms. Because they’re pampered our flocks run to greet us every time we go to their lots. Unless you have your own pampered flock, you cannot imagine how much joy this brings.
We work diligently to keep their coops and lots clean. One of the things we hear a lot is that “Your farm doesn’t stink”. I’m always amazed at that statement and sad at the same time. Chickens are basically clean animals. Unlike dogs and cats, you can recycle their manure to fertilize gardens whether vegetable or flower gardens. We clean coops once a week during the winter months, and in the summer only once every two weeks.
Our farm is open to home schools for tours around our grounds as our contributions to our community. The tours are usually scheduled on the last Monday of every month during warm weather months. We offer internships for college students who are working toward a degree in agriculture.
We have less than 3 acres and behind us is a dairy farm. We have 24 lots with coops, plus a designated area for broody hens with chicks, and a place for back up breeder roosters that are pure to their breed.
We work hard to keep our breeders close to American Poultry Association’s line of Standard of Perfection. We’re not experts, but we do research and study constantly to try to obtain a certain quality for the chicks we hatch. We sell from our barn, as well as ship chicks and fertile eggs in an effort to preserve at least a small percentage of heritage breed chickens.
We, at Egg Well Farm, consider ourselves breeders, not a hatchery, but we definitely have a lot to learn about breeding. I can’t help to take offense to being called a hatchery. We are still a family owned and family run farm. Our farm consists of grandparents, moms, grandchildren, and uncles and we operate from our backyard, and side yard and other side yard and maybe a little in the front yard. Yikes! Chickens are taking over! We don’t do ducks, guineas or anything else. We only do heritage and rare breed chickens.
We are all about protecting bloodlines and do not cull roosters, but when we must, we try to find good homes for our overabundance of roosters. On occasion, we get overloaded by roosters and we reluctantly call our ‘person’ that will take them off to places unknown. We’re told that they are put with hens and sold to farms around the southeast, but there’s no way to know what kind of lives our little boy cockerels will have. I hope they’re appreciated for the awesome little roosters they were meant to be.
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