Fowler's Farm Fresh is a small, independenly owned producer of cage-free, farm fresh eggs located in Iowa Park, Texas.
Fowler's Farm Fresh is focused on providing fresh, quality eggs locally to consumers in Wichita Falls and the surrounding area. We have a small flock of layers consisting of the following breeds/types of domestic fowl:
We are registered with the Texas Department of Timber and Agriculture. As per Texas regulations for small flock producers, our eggs are not graded, but are stored at the required 45°F. We guarantee our eggs to be fresh and deliciously superior in taste and nutritional content to ordinary store-bought eggs.
WHAT IS EGG GRADING?
Graded eggs have been processed, packaged and certified under federal supervision according to the U.S. Standards, Grades and Weight Classes for Shell Eggs established by US Department of Agriculture. Graded eggs are produced in facilities whose processing equipment, facilities, sanitation and operating procedures are continuously monitored by the USDA egg grader.
In the grading process, eggs are examined for both interior and exterior quality before they are sorted according to weight (size). Grade quality and weight (size) are not related to one another. Eggs of any quality grade may differ in weight (size). In descending order of quality, grades are designated AA, A and B.
Obviously, a small independent or "backyard" producer could never afford to operate such a plant, but that does not mean our eggs are inferior. Quite the contrary.
Purchasers of our eggs can be assured that the eggs they buy will be fresh, clean, and highly nutritious. We collect our eggs a minimum of 3 times/day and promptly store them at a maximum of 45°F. We feed a 16% protein, high calcium feed made from the freshest, highest quality sun-grown grains and plant proteins that is FREE of all animal proteins and fats. We see to it that our hens get all the quality nutrients they need to produce lots of strong-shelled, healthy, golden-yolked eggs. In addition, our "ladies" are also treated to special treats, lawn clippings, and six-legged "goodies".
Because we house a variety of hens, each carton will contain eggs of various shell colors ranging from cream to deep brown and even tints of green or blue. We do make every effort to standardize the size of eggs in each carton, but according to weight, the eggs can range from medium, large, and extra large, to jumbo. We are happy to eat the eggs that are slighly off-sized ourselves so that we can provide our customers with as uniform-sized egg as possible.
If you are interested in being added to our limited customer list, please feel free to contact us. Once you try these very special eggs, you'll never be satisfied with "store bought" eggs again!
We are proud to say that we feed Purina® Layena® Crumbles to our layers. (And no, they are not paying us to promote their feed products.) We have raised many classes of livestock over the years and Purina® has been our feed for a good many of those years. Yes, they are more expensive than some of the other feeds offered in our area, but we are confident of the quality of the ingredients and that there will never be any artificial by-products or fillers, artificial preservatives, antibiotics, or growth hormones. We know that we are producing nutritious, good-tasting, healthy eggs for ourselves and our customers.
Purina® Layena® Features...
Calcium, Manganese and Trace Minerals - Strong Shells
Prebiotics, Probiotics and Yeast - Immune and Digestive Health
Marigold Extract - Rich, Yellow Yolks
Essential Amino Acids (Lysine & Methionine) - Wholesome Eggs and Beautiful Feathering
Key Levels of Vitamin A, D, E - Strong Reproduction and Overall Health
If you are interested to learn more details, please visit the Purina® Mills Website.
Originally known as Australian Black Orpingtons, the Australorp, as its name would suggest, originated in Australia. The Australorp was developed for utilitarian purposes from a series of crosses using Black Orpington, Rhode Island Red, and to a lesser extent: Minorca, Langshan, and Plymouth Rock. They were officially recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1929.
Australorps come in both the standard and bantam varieties, but it is the standard bred Australorp that has the real utilitarian emphasis. In the US, Australorps come in Black only, but in Australia they are available in Blue, White, and even Splash (white with colored feathers randomly scattered). They are a medium weight breed (6.5 lbs hens; 8.5 lbs cocks) with fairly close-fitting feathers. They lay an abundance of large tinted eggs, often averaging 26-27 ounces per dozen. In fact, it is an Australorp that holds the world record for eggs laid - 364 eggs in 365 days!
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BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCK
The Plymouth Rock
is a breed of American origin and was developed in the early 1800's by crossing Dominiques (considered America's oldest breed of chicken) and Javas (also an American breed despite its Asian name). The first variety of this breed were the barred. There are a total of 7 recognized varieties: Barred, Blue, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Silver-Penciled, and White. A lot of folks get confused - considering Barred Rocks as a breed unto themselves. The breed is Plymouth Rock. The variety or color (one of 7), is Barred (named for the barring or stripes in the feathers).
The Plymouth Rock is a medium-sized breed (6.5 lbs. hens; 8.5 lbs. cocks) and is considered a very good dual purpose breed. They have large, bright red-colored single combs and wattles. Hens are good layers of large to jumbo brown eggs. They are calm birds and are very cold-weather hardy. They are officially listed as recovering by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. We are happy to have a few of these 'gals' as members of our flock!
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An Easter Egger is any chicken that possesses the "blue egg" gene, but doesn't fully meet any breed description as defined in the American Poultry Association (APA) and/or the American Bantam Association (ABA) standards. Easter Eggers and Ameraucanas are both descended from a South American (Chile) breed known as the Aracauna, which in addition to laying blue eggs, also features ear tufts and lacks a tail bone, being referred to as "rumpless". Easter Eggers breed true about 50% of the time. They are known as Easter Eggers because their colorful eggs remind people of tinted eggs at Easter time.
Many Easter Eggers sport a beard as well as "ear muffs" and come in many colors. They are a medium-sized bird (5.5 lbs. hens; 6.5 lbs cocks) and have a pea comb with very small or even non-existant wattles. Most Easter Eggers have olive green legs, but some are found with dark slate or yellow legs. They are friendly birds that are good layers of large blue, green, or pink tinted eggs. A single bird does not lay multi-colored eggs. Each Easter Egger hen will lay either a blue, green, or pink tinted egg and will lay that color only during her productive career. Crossing an Easter Egger with a cock that is representative of a dark brown egg laying breed will result in offspring that lay a more olive colored egg. These birds are often referred to as "Olive Eggers". We enjoy having these interesting birds in our flock. They certainly take the monotony out of egg collecting!
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The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after Orpington, England, which was made famous in part by this breed. Belonging to the English class of chickens. Orpingtons were bred to be excellent layers with good meat quality, but because of their soft beauty and large size, they are probably most popular as an exhibition bird. The original colors were black, white, buff, blue and splash and these are the only colors recognized by the APA. Buff (pictured right) is the most popular color.
Orpingtons lay about 175 to 200 medium to large light-brown eggs per year. They are rather large, with hens weighing 8-10.5 lbs. and cocks weighing in at about 9.5 lbs. At one time the breed was a prolific layer, but as they became bred more for exhibition rather than utility qualities, much of this productiveness has been lost. Even so, we thought we'd give these pretty birds a try as members of our flock
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Sex-links are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, thus making chick sexing a much easier process. Besides the sex-linked traits of these birds, they have been bred with egg production in mind. The two most common sex-linked chickens are Red and Black Sex-Links. Red Sex-Links were the first chickens we started with years ago. We continue to keep these ladies in our flock because they do their job so well. Red sex-links are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire cock and a White Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island White or Delaware hen.
Because Sex-Links are hybrids, they benefit by what is termed "hybrid vigor" and are extremely hardy birds. They are very good egg-layers which often produce 300 eggs a year or more.
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The "Ideal 236", like the Red, Golden, or Black Sex-Links, is a hybrid cross. This hybrid, however, does not have any sex-linked traits, so cockerel
and pullet chicks look alike at hatch. The name for this hybrid was given by its creator - Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms, Inc. of Cameron, Texas. This is our only white egg layer. The "Ideal 236", developed by Ideal in the 1960s, is a cross between 3 strains of commercial White Leghorns and California Greys.
Though heavier than commercial White Leghorns, the "Ideal 236" is still the smallest of all the birds in our laying flock at 4.5 lbs. They make up for size by being very prolific layers. Our first eggs from these pullets begin appearing as early as 16 weeks of age!
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