“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.