Coyote Creek Farm
- What chicken breed(s) do you raise?Bovan and Hy-Line
- Why did you choose those breed(s), and are you satisfied with their performance?They are proven commercial egg producers. Yes, we are satisfied with their performance.
- Which breed’s eggs did you send in to be tested?Bovan
- How many laying hens do you have?5,000
- In what year of laying are the hens?First
- Approximately how many eggs do they lay per hen, per month? Please include seasonal variations.Pastured eggs vary widely as you know – I would say about 20-22 eggs per month per hen.
- What, if any, measures do you take to extend the egg production season?None – We practice humane treatment of our hens, so all they get is seasonal daylight.
- What kind(s) of supplemental feed do you use? Please be as specific as possible, including the brand name or farm where you get your feed.We grind our own feed. Corn, Soybean Meal, DiCalcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Fertrell Vitamin and Trace Mineral Supplement
- If you have kept confined hens, can you estimate how much less feed hens raised on pasture consume?From what I know, pastured hens can eat about 30% less feed.
- Tell us about the living and ranging conditions of your hens. For example, what kind of pens do you have? Did you build them yourself? Do you use moveable pens? If so, how often do you move the birds to fresh pasture? What is the approximate size of the area on which your chickens are free to range and forage on a given day? Are there any specific plants in the pasture that you know your birds eat?Our coops are homemade out of PVC and covered with plastic corrugated roofing materials, they are surrounded by Electronet fencing that covers about 1/3 acre – we move the coop and fence once a week. We have clovers, vetch, rye, coastal Bermuda, and native grasses, something is growing year around in our temperate climate. If we have a strong winter we will feed the hens some alfalfa hay.
- How would you characterize the area in which you live—urban, suburban or rural? Are there any local regulations you had to meet to be able to raise chickens?We live in a rural area 17 miles east of Austin, Texas. No local regulations.
- Have you had problems with predators, and how have you solved them?The fencing keeps out the coyotes, when hens get out they are vulnerable, we use the Niteguard lights to keep four legged predators away at night. This is a small red light that flashes, solar charged. It works fairly well for owls. For hawks in the daytime we fly flags and strips of mylar ribbon.
- Do you sell your eggs? If so, where and for how much?We sell all our eggs to Whole Foods Market. They retail for $4.49 per dozen.
- Can you estimate how much you earn per year, per bird?About $65-70
- What do you think are the main reasons customers choose your eggs? (flavor, nutrition, more humane conditions, etc.)Local, organic, fresh, pastured, humane.
- Do you have any notable comments from customers that you can share with us? Are there any customers whose contact information you can give us so we can talk directly with them about why they choose your eggs?We get Email and even phone calls from customers! They brag on our eggs, mostly they say they are like what they remember growing up, or what their grandparents had at their farm, etc. You can call or Email Vivian Ballard she is one of our most loyal customers – her phone number is: 512-694-3490 and her Email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Many of you have expressed dismay at our using the term “free-range eggs,” because of the way that language has been tarnished by certain producers whose birds really have no access to fresh pasture. Are you aware of any of these “industrial free-range” farms in your area? If so, please provide us with as much information about the producer as possible.They are everywhere! And they are not necessarily bad, but they should be more transparent about what Free-Range really is and IS NOT.
- Feel free to share any additional comments with us.Thank you very much for doing this study. It will be very helpful to all, producers, customers and retailers.
NUTRITION TEST RESULTS
- On what date were your egg samples shipped to the lab?
Please call or Email Sue Beckwith for this information. Sue: Phone 512-496-1244, sue@CoyoteCreekFarm.org.
- Please confirm that we have recorded your test results accurately. If your report shows different values, please indicate that by making a note on the correct line below.
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Cholesterol: 246 mg
Omega-3: 460 mg
Vitamin E: 6 IU
Folic acid: N/A
Selenium: ND: N/A
Beta carotene: N/A
Total vitamin A: N/A