Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Story of Happy Chick Farm

Welcome to our blog! We hope you will find the information useful and that you will consider purchasing our farm fresh eggs. Since one of the most important things about food is knowing its source, we would like to tell you a bit about our farm and how we got started.

Happy Chick Farm became a business just this year. We have always raised chickens, but just recently decided to sell them. If you have not done so already, please read our pledge to our customers on this page, as it will tell you in depth what our farm is all about. In a nutshell, we are "no kill" and raise cage free, free roaming, well cared for chickens. In return, we get fantastic, beautiful, fresh eggs from our "girls".

Gene was raised on raised on a farm in the south, and I grew up a city girl in southern California. We came to Orland for a job opportunity for me, and fell in love with the area. We purchased our home on 7 1/2 acres 10 years ago. Both of us have always loved animals, but living the city life where you can't afford a home, much less one with room for a farm type animal was impossible. Not only did our move up north provide me with a wonderful job, it provided us with the opportunity to own a home with some acreage! First came then chickens and then we got involved in small animal and farm animal rescue. Needless to say we have several of each. The farm animals consisting of goats, miniture donkeys, horses, geese, a former 4H sheep and a pot bellied pig, are all what they say up here "hay burners" or "pasture pals". In other words, they eat a lot and don't do much else. But that is a story for another posting.

As our small chicken flock grew, we started giving our eggs to family, neighbors, friends and co-workers. As the demand for our eggs grew, we started raising more chickens. People really liked the taste of a farm fresh egg which you can't get from store bought eggs. This year Gene and I are retiring, that is from our "regular" jobs, and have decided to make our eggs available to local consumers. I have started selling them at small local farmers markets and they have sold out each time. Right now the laying flock is small but our new, larger flock should be laying in September/October and production will go up considerably.

So if you are interested in trying our fresh eggs please call us 530-865-7203 or email us and we would be happy to help you. We know you won't go back to store bought eggs once you try a few from Happy Chick Farm!

In future blogs we will keep you posted on the progress of our flock and farm, provide you with some great egg recipes, and information regarding raising chickens and what that means to you as a consumer.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting about the Jersey Giant chickens. I can't wait to see the size of their eggs. I have eaten many of your eggs and they have been fantastic. Good luck on your new business. Your business practice of having your chickens cage free and the special food and care that you give them is to be commended. I will be a loyal customer Tina.