Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers some of my most asked questions.

Please read through it if you have any questions. But if you don’t see your question, feel free to ask me!

Egg Related Questions

Do you deliver eggs?

In short, yes.

If you would like a specific date and time I can deliver for $.60 a mile. 

If you are flexible on the date and time, I can meet you in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

For more detailed information on deliveries, go to the "Eggs" page on my website.

 

Is there a nutritional difference between the brown, white, and green eggs?

According to HealthLine.com there is no nutritional difference. The nutrition of an egg is based on the hen's diet, not egg color. 

Do I need to refrigerate the eggs I bought from you?

Yes! If you have not specifically asked for unwashed eggs, they will be washed. An egg that has been washed must be refrigerated. If unwashed, they can sit out on your counters. To read more about this, go to Egg Safety.

Are your hens fed organic feed?

No, not at this time. In the future, when my business has grown more, I would like to.

There is a brown spot/blood in my egg! Is it safe to eat?

Yes! Though it may look gross, it is perfectly safe to eat. If you want to know more details about it, check out HealthLine.com.

Meat Related Questions

 

Who do I make my check out to?

Please make checks payable to: Abigail Grice

Why do you require a deposit cost on a chicken, turkey, or duck?

I require a small non-refundable deposit on every bird you purchase. But why do I do this?

In order to stay within Iowa state laws, I have to sell each bird while it’s still alive. The bird then becomes “yours” while I raise it for you. 

Paying the deposit also ensures that your bird is reserved for you and that I’ll have enough to go around.

The remaining price of your bird (minus the deposit) is required at the time of pick-up. 

Where do I pick up my chicken, turkey, or duck?

You can pick up your bird at our farm or pay $0.60 per mile to have it delivered.

Schedule permitting, we do provide free pick-ups in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Please note, you must be flexible on pickup times and dates, as we only come into Council Bluffs, Iowa every one to two weeks.

What is the difference between the Bronze and White turkeys?

"The Broad Breasted White is by far the most common turkey raised for food these days. Hands down, this is the best turkey breed for a fast-growing, meaty bird with the table quality most people expect from their Thanksgiving bird. This is the turkey you’ll find at the grocery store.

"The Broad Breasted Bronze is the same size and meatiness as the BB White but looks much like the Standard Bronze heritage turkey. It’s the other fast-growing option for homesteaders who want to dress all of their birds at the end of the season. Some growers will raise and market them as heritage birds, but that’s false advertising! Due to the dark-colored feathers, the carcass doesn’t dress up as clean looking as white birds."

-The Self Sufficient HomeAcers

How often do you have meat chickens for sale?

Currently, I only raise two batches of chickens a year.

I raise them in the spring and early summer to avoid hot weather, which can be deadly for meat chickens.

My fresh chicken meat is green! What do I do?

First of all, don’t worry, this is usually perfectly safe*. Green meat in freshly-butchered chickens generally means they had Green Muscle Disease. This condition affects inactive birds, like broilers. 

Meat birds (broilers) don’t move much except to eat and drink. Their sole purpose in life is to get big and heavy. When they’re sent to the butcher they move around more in one day than they do in their entire lives. 

The green meat (usually found in the breast) comes from poor circulation due to their lack of exercise. When they experience a burst of energy (like flapping their wings excessively), they compromise their blood supply. This leads to muscle tissue death.

While it looks disturbing and disgusting, it’s perfectly safe for you to eat. It’s not an infection or harmful disease.

*Though extremely rare, it could be an infection, not Green Muscle Disease. If you receive a chicken with green meat, please contact me immediately.

 

Chicken Related Questions

What is a rooster?

A rooster is a male chicken that is over a year old.

What is a hen?

A hen is a female chicken that is over a year old.

 

What is a pullet?

A pullet is a female chicken that is under a year old. It can also refer to a young (around six months old) female chicken that has just started to lay eggs.

What is a Cockerel?

A cockerel is a male chicken that is under a year old. 

What does "straight run" mean?

"Straight run" means that the baby chicks have not been sexed to figure out if they are females or males. If you order or purchase straight run chicks, you will be getting a mixture of females and males. 

Do you have roosters with your hens?

Yes, I do. I sell eggs for hatching, so I keep a couple roosters. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a rooster to get eggs. Hens will lay eggs without a rooster. You only need a rooster if you want to get chicks.