Frequently Asked Questions
WHY ARE STORES SOMETIMES OUT OF ALEXANDRE KIDS EGGS?
As the days start to get shorter and the nights longer, pastured laying hens begin to lay fewer eggs. Unlike our farming predecessors, urban dwellers of today have little sense of the natural seasonality of egg production. If we are out, be patient with us as we await for our molting hens to produce soon.
DO YOU TRIM THE BIRDS’ BEAKS?
No, we don’t have any extremities cut off as our hens need their sharp beaks and toes to peck the ground for food – bugs, worms, grasses, etc. We do not have pecking problems with our chickens because there is plenty of space to roam around the pastures.
HOW OLD ARE THE CHICKS WHEN YOU GET THEM?
One day old. We order our chicks from a multi-generational hatchery in Idaho that has been in business for 100 plus years. We meet the truck along highway I-5 to get the baby chicks at 1 day old, so they do remarkably well.
IS THERE SOY IN THE CHICKENS DIET?
Yes, we have tried pulling soy out of our flock’s diet, but immediately we had issues, they started to peck at each other, egg production dropped along with feed consumption. The organic soybean meal in the feed is the best protein source available for our hens. We are involved with the Weston A. Price Foundation and have learned all the reasons why we should avoid soy. We have substituted the soy with peas, and that helped, but we did have to put a little back in the ration to keep the hens happy. The soy, for now, is our source of protein for the birds.
ARE YOUR EGGS FERTILIZED?
Yes, we like to keep roosters with our hens. It certainly isn’t to be feared. We appreciate the roosters with the chickens because they alert them to danger, protect them, wake them up (with their cock-a-doodle-do) and provide a natural stability to the flock. Also, there are many consumers who prefer fertilized eggs. Because we collect eggs daily, (wash and refrigerate) incubation does not occur in any way. A little white dot that appears on the yolk is the female egg and when it is fertilized the naked eye cannot tell the difference.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT AVIAN INFLUENZA?
We continue to monitor the situation very closely, and will always comply with any State mandated regulations that serve to protect all chicken farmers. We also vaccinate the flock every year to protect them against diseases. The FDA and USDA are of the opinion that warmer weather should see an end to this outbreak. The avian influenza virus is very susceptible to sunlight, UV and warmth, so it’s ability to survive in the wild as we move towards summer is extremely compromised. We perform HACCP analyses and adhere food safety protocols to ensure that we are making our best effort to protect our flocks.
ARE THERE ROOSTERS WITH YOUR HENS?
Yes, we have roosters in our flocks. We do this because the hens are in their more natural environment when the roasters are around. He rules the roost, alerts and protects his girls from predators plus we get desired fertilized eggs. We also have a few special hens that “sit” on their eggs in our barns and we love to see mama hen walking around with all of her baby chicks following her.