Fresh Eggs-Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Goose

We raise laying chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Each has a unique flavor profile and use.

Chicken Eggs: Richer in taste than what you'll get in a commercial market because of how the birds are fed and their having access to fresh air, grass, bugs, worms, and whole mixed grains. Chickens lay an egg every 25 hours. If that hour is dark they retain the egg until the following dawn and their 25 hour cycle resets until laying time is at dark again. Chickens experience a yearly moult which is a losing of and regrowing of feathers. They require extra protein during this period and do not lay eggs. Their focus and energy is on regrowth, and the process is painful so we do not expect anything from them during this time. We always let our customers know when moult is impending. The birds let us know by dropping their feathers all over the pens and pasture. The number of eggs per year per bird depends on their breed. Our girls lay anywhere from 160-240 eggs per year per bird.

Duck Eggs: About the size of an XL or Jumbo chicken egg. They can be Jumbo Plus (King sized). Larger, richer yoke with a thicker texture. If you bake, you'll love how fluffy duck eggs make pastry crust, and omelettes really benefit from duck eggs as well. They are more rubbery than chicken eggs when boiled. Duck eggs are a great alternative for people with chicken egg allergies. The whites will beat to a nice peak. Ducks go through a moult as well, but not as severely as chickens. They have an annual cycle of egg laying and in our climate/latitude will cease laying in November until the following February. Ocassionally a new layer will start early and we'll find eggs in January! The duck breeds we keep lay between 180-200 eggs per year per bird.

Turkey Eggs: These are the best of both worlds. We have really enjoyed turning so many people on to the wonders of turkey eggs. These have a taste that is milder like chicken eggs while providing the cooking benefits of duck eggs. They aren't rubbery when boiled, though they're Jumbo Plus and larger so bring an appetite! The white will beat to a nice peak. Turkeys look completely pitiful when they're in moult, and take about 8 weeks to regrow their feathers. By this time it's getting late in the year and they may, or may not, return to laying in the fall before ceasing laying for the winter. They return to spring laying later than ducks. Heritage breed turkeys like we have will lay 2-3 eggs per week per bird average for a total of about 70-80 eggs per year per bird.

Goose Eggs: Palm sized capsules of amazing goodness. Goose eggs are the equivalent of 3 large chicken eggs (on average). They are about 1/2 yolk, with a watery white. They do not beat to a peak well. We wouldn't recommend them for a straight across substitute for chicken egg whites. (Use duck/turkey if you need a white only). Custard however, benefits from goose egg white. The taste is rich, and omelettes are on the thinner side, but still seem fluffier than chicken omelette. We've never boiled a goose egg. There are just so many other ways to use them that seem less wasteful of their specific properties than to satisfy curiosity about how long it takes, taste, etc. Geese lay only in the spring and early summer. Once it gets hot, they're done. About 40 eggs total is all a goose will lay per year. They moult also, but as they are finished laying eggs for the year it does not affect their productivity.

We do not ship eggs. Pickup is available at our farm store: Cats Paw Farm Mercantile from the spring through late fall/early winter each year. We also sell eggs at La Grande Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 9am to Noon May-Oct. In addition we delivery eggs on Monday mornings to La Grande, Island City and Union throughout the year. You can order eggs here if you are local and they will be held for pickup or delivered.
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