Our chicken’s eggs CSA offers fresh free-range eggs (to our vegetable CSA members only) to be added to their boxes when available.
Many people don’t realise that most eggs, including most free range eggs, are laid by chickens that are breed for egg production only, so typically the boy chicks are killed as soon as they hatch.
Our chickens are dual purpose meat and egg birds.
When we’ve raised our own chicks in the past we’ve given the male chickens a good few months of running around in the sunshine, consorting with the ladies before becoming Sunday lunch.
An increasing number of our members are vegan and many of our members are vegetarians and we have ongoing conversations on many subjects. Members, volunteers and visitors see that our chickens are well looked after and that they enjoy a lovely outdoor life. They are also fertilizing out veg beds, and helping to keep the farm in good heart.
Many of our members prefer to eat Oak Tree eggs rather than “regular” free range eggs because they can see for themselves how our chickens are cared for.
A CSA egg share costs £18, payable in advance (by bank transfer to the farm bank account), and consists of ten boxes of half a dozen eggs. Members who have signed up for an egg share won’t necessarily get eggs every week, as it depends how many eggs our hens lay. But you are guaranteed to get ten boxes in total and the eggs will be made available with your veg box. Buying an egg share is helping to “share the risks and rewards of farming” – which is what community supported agriculture is all about!
Towards the end of the ten boxes, you can sign up for another ten if you like, but you don’t have to. More details can be found in your regular members’ farm email newsletter.
If we have any egg surpluses in the summer months we also sell any spare boxes of eggs to vegetable CSA members at Saturday working parties, but we will charge a little more for these (£2/half dozen).
To find out more about how we look after our beautiful chickens visit the virtual farm tour.