Working as we are to preserve the Chanteclers, we found we did not have time to do justice to the other heritage breeds we love. We also found that we need an eating egg source that is not from the Chanteclers from April to October when we are busy hatching and selling fertile eggs.
Thus the beginning of our “Vermont Farm Flock”. We have mixed Dominiques, Speckled Sussex, Astralorps, Marans, Araucanas, Chanteclers. The picture shows a Dominique hen who nested in a rabbit hutch in late fall! She raised them as we were don brooding and dealing with chicks. They ended up going to our Niece in Massachusetts.
We sell fresh eggs 3 seasons of the year using a self service system out by the road. The small refrigerator is kept on its lowest setting and exists because people have mistakenly come to believe eggs need refrigeration! They do not. We keep ours in antique egg holders on the counter. Think about it.. a hen lays a clutch of eggs, 12-16, before she sets. That is 2-3 weeks of the eggs sitting in a nest through what ever weather nature gives us until the clutch is done. Them the hen sets to hatch them.