We are proud to introduce ourselves as your local chicken processors. Pictured on the left is our processing team: Jessi, Tabitha and JT. We take pride in our business and how we run our ranch. We have been raising chickens for well over a year now and continue to grow. JT is in charge of all our construction needs. He has been great at custom building our brooder and chicken barn. He also handles all of the slaughtering here at the ranch. I am focused on well being of each chicken. I ensure that the food, water and medical needs are addressed to the best of our abilities daily. Jessi, our teenage daughter, helps with keeping everyone fed and watered. She and I spend time daily interacting with each chicken and working to provide them with the best life possible. Jessi and I also work together at processing the chickens. Together the three of us slaughter and process each chicken we sell. When you purchase chicken from us, we can proudly tell you everything about that chicken from when it was hatched, what it ate, how it lived and when/how it was processed. That is something you can't find with just any chicken.
Anabell has been wanting a baby for several months now, it all started when she seen Rhonda the chicken with her new chicks. Anabell tried to get one of the chicks for herself but Rhonda wasn't going to share. So she started sitting on the first egg she could find, unfortunately it was a chicken egg. I took the chicken egg away scared that if she did hatch it, she may try drown it trying to teach it to swim, But I did replace the one chicken egg with five duck eggs.. Anabell was pleased with this and diligently sat on her eggs for over 30 days. This week she finally got her wish. A single duckling hatched after all her hard work. Anabell is so happy to have her own duckling, she is a wonderfully protective mother. Her and the duckling are living in the nesting/new hatch hutch away from the rest of the flock during the night. Some days she chooses to join the flock with baby duck in tow and others she decides to keep baby duck in the hutch (I think this is due to hawk that flys over the coop from time to time). We are so excited about having a new duckling on the ranch and enjoy watching Anabell interact with it.
Eggs are one of nature’s most perfect protein sources. That’s why the average American eats more than 260 eggs each year.¹
“At just 70 calories, each large two-ounce (57 gram) egg provides six grams of digestible protein,” says Gordon Ballam, Ph.D., a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition. “With 18 of the 20 amino acids and all 10 essential amino acids in abundance, eggs have an excellent amino acid profile.”²
Following are five key farm fresh egg benefits:
1. The power to choose
Our family joined the farm fresh egg movement because we are able to choose everything for our birds, from housing to healthcare and from feed to entertainment. This allows us the ability to ensure that our birds enjoy the highest quality of life while living in a natural environment free from confinement. These choices impact the eggs the hens produce.
2. Local support
Farm fresh eggs are an opportunity to support your local economy and ecosystem, Backyard chickens offer benefits by naturally fertilizing, managing insects and controlling weeds. Their impact then connects to the community with the purchase of local supplies and shared camaraderie.
3. Undeniable freshness
Farm fresh eggs can be collected within minutes, providing convenient, homegrown food. We enjoy visits to the backyard each morning to greet our pets and gather freshly laid eggs. With farm fresh eggs, you get the added benefits of fresh flavor and can store them for up to 30 days in the refrigerator versus your typical grocery store eggs that may be over two weeks old before reaching shelves.
4. Enhanced flavor and color
Feel-good point number four: flavor and color. Farm fresh eggs are known for having rich, vibrant yolks and firm, clear whites. This is because specific feed ingredients are responsible for taste and appearance. For example, marigold extract impacts yolk color while added calcium promotes stronger shells.
Our chickens enjoy a natural free range diet supplemented with only the best chicken feed. We include exta calcium in their diet by grinding up their eggs shells after eating the eggs and adding it their food. They are also supplemented with organically grown vegetables straight from the ranch.
5. Added nutrition
Perhaps the top feel-good reason about farm fresh eggs is their potential nutritional benefits, For those with heart issues or high cholesterol, recent studies indicate that pasture raised eggs have higher amounts of omega 3s, 1/3 less cholesterol and 25% less saturated fat . Added to these benefits is increased amounts of Vitamin A and E. Vitamin A helps in all sorts of areas including vision, skin health, immune function, and so much more. Vitamin E is key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes.
 American Egg Board: http://www.aeb.org/farmers-and-marketers/industry-overview. 29 June 2016.
 “Egg Nutrition Center.” American Egg Board. http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/egg-101/. 10 June 2016.
I am a wife, mother, registered nurse and owner/operator of R and J Ranch. I am committed to living a sustainable lifestyle and ensuring the best nutrition for my family.