“Know well the condition of your flocks…” Proverbs 27:23

Many have asked how exactly we handle the pastured eggs here at Briarmoor. We have a double egg mobile on the fields closest to our house and then a single across the street. If you are unfamiliar with how the egg mobile works, check this out. The lion’s share of daily egg responsibility falls on the kids and me, though every three days the family moves and feeds the hens together. Moving the feathernet to a new location and loading each mobile with eight 5-gallon buckets of feed is easier with more than one set of hands. It amazes me how much John did by himself at the end of my pregnancy and the first few weeks after. But I digress…













Each day the kids and I collect about six baskets, or roughly 1,000 eggs from the nesting boxes inside the egg mobiles.

This video was taken by a friend visiting the farm. Thanks Alicia!











We then weigh, wash and package up the eggs at the “egg shed.” Medium eggs go into cartons and large eggs into flats. All are boxed into groups of thirty dozen which we deliver to Polyface once per week. From start to finish it takes about two hours most days (that includes pausing to nurse Naomi and make sure her brother and sister aren’t getting into too much trouble). I’ll admit some days it can be quite overwhelming, but I am so blessed to be able to share this experience with my family.

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About Tammy Pedersen

Tammy is married to John Pedersen, manager of Briarmoore and Grass Stain Tour extraordinaire. She is blessed to be able to stay at home with her three children. When not busy with farming and homeschool, Tammy can be found with knitting needles or crochet hook in hand, reading or writing. Someday she hopes to combine her love of travel with mission work.

6 Responses to Eggs!

  1. Tammy says:

    I should clarify that not all the eggs are washed, only the extremely muddy or poopy ones which typically happens after a rainstorm or if a chicken has gotten a little carried away digging for bugs behind the cows. The rest are wiped with a cloth if needed.

    • Megan says:

      Hi Tammy, can you clarify please? The eggs that do get washed, what do they get washed with? Only water or do you use a certain egg wash on them? Thanks!

  2. Jeri says:

    I’ve looked all over this site. Is there a place to sign up for the blog post to get them delivered via email?

  3. Sam Dodson says:

    Hey Tammy – Can you add a picture of your washing facility or describe it? Are you scrubbing them under a running faucet or washing them in a tub? We are stepping up our egg production and I’m looking for best practices. Thanks for posting.

  4. Jubilee says:

    Wow. Good job Tammy! 🙂 that’s a lot of eggs to manage.

  5. Gracie says:

    Your eggs are so good! Love receiving Polyface meats and eggs in our CSA share in VA!