“Egg Bay”

“Egg Bay” Before.

This is our first big farm project of the year.  My wonderful husband agreed to renovate this old chicken coop into a shed, complete with hot water and electricity so that I would have a place outside the house to clean eggs.

“Egg Bay” After.

My job will involve cleaning and packing the eggs, (60-100 dozen a day) to go to Polyface, and keeping everything organized.   I am so excited to have a spot set aside for this task, and Grady did an amazing job in restoring this building.  My man is so handy 🙂

New Counter Top Space!


New Dutch Door!

We are now ready for the start of the season.  Soon we will be getting layers, planting the garden, getting the brooder ready for chicks, and then pigs, turkeys, broilers and cattle will come later, hurray for spring!

What are you doing in preparation for spring?

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

7 Responses to “Egg Bay”

  1. Heather Faye says:

    You have a lovely egg shed. I can appreciate moving big tasks out of the house. We’re putting the final touches on our first mobile hen house. We are renovating an old 24′ stock trailer. I can’t tell you how excited I am to move the hens out of the yard and into the pasture!

  2. Caitlyn M. says:

    Wow, that is a NICE little work space! Congrats! 😀

    Over here in OR, we’re preparing for our broiler chicks, layer chicks, turkey poults, a few beef calves, and two milking cows. Things are going to get busy, fast over here by next month! LOL.

  3. J cowan says:

    baby chicks;our old hens are staring to slow down .then working on outside pig pasture.then maybe be time for gardening.and in between time doing firewood sales

  4. It’s too late to get ready for spring. It’s here…where we are. Half of the first batch of broilers went to pasture today.

    That’s a really nice looking workspace. It gives me ideas about a similar shed of my own…

    60-100 dozen eggs? 1,500 birds? I can’t imagine.

    • Doing some more thinking this evening, 1500 birds eat 150 pounds of feed every day. Every day!

      Please tell me I’m wrong. Please tell me your flock is more feed-efficient than my little flock.

      • Erin Phelan says:

        150 pounds a day sounds like they are doing great. The average hen eats about 1/4 lb of feed per day and your birds are only eating 1/10 lb per day. We are currently getting 100 dozen eggs from about 1750 hens.