Chicken FAQs

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Not all Chicken Eggs are White

The color of egg a chicken lays is determined by the breed of the chicken.  Egg colors vary from pure white to Olive Green to various shades of brown, blue and cream.  While the color on the outside varies from chicken to chicken, the inside of the egg is the same no matter what the color of the shell.  The taste, nutritional value or overall quality of an egg is not determined by the color of the shell, but by the diet and health of the chicken itself. 

Chicken Life

The average life span of a chicken is about 8yrs.  The average hen will begin laying when she is between 5-7 months old and will lay approximately 1 egg per day for 3-4 years. Just like a human female, a female chicken is "born/hatched" with all of the eggs she can possibly lay in her lifetime, and a rooster is not required for egg production. 

A hen will lay one egg a day until she has enough to hatch out (provided that eggs are not collected every day).  At this time she will become "broody" and sit on her clutch of eggs.  She will forgo most food and water for 28 days, carefully turning her eggs and keeping them at the perfect temperature for hatching.  

Our Flock

Our current flock is comprised of Buff and Lavender Orpington Chickens.  Orpington Chickens come in a variety of colors with Buff (golden color) being one of the most common.  Orpingtons are a dual purpose (meaning they are bred for both egg and meat production) chicken hailing from England.  They are known for their docile temperament, consistent egg laying (they lay brown eggs), and are a great starter chicken for anyone just getting into chickens since they are so friendly and easy to keep.

Why Dragon Way Eggs?

If you have any concern for animal welfare, you probably already know that commercial egg production practices are generally an act of animal cruelty.  Commercial egg laying hens are kept in inhumanely small cages, often have their beaks cut to prevent the pecking that occurs from their stressful lifestyle due to overcrowding and lack of positive stimulation, and are discarded and slaughtered after a year or two (when egg production begins to wane).The overall quality and nutritional value of store bought eggs from large, commercial egg-laying operations is often sub-par when compared to free range chicken eggs from back yard producers.  

At Dragon Way Farm, our laying flock are given plenty of space to roam around in spacious, grassy runs protected from predators, with access to fresh air, sunlight and the ability to free range for natural forage and protein from insects. These chickens live as close to a natural life as possible with a social life amongst their peers, stimulation in the form of foraging and hunting, and they live out their natural lives on the farm loved and cared for as a member of the family.