Whitfield's Family Farm

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
Old Fashioned Ways to Make Old Fashioned Eggs!
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F.A.Q. about our operation.....

Hello All!

Hope everyone made it through the flood around here okay. We have been selling ALOT of eggs lately and have more hens on the way! We have had alot of people asking questions so we decided to put up a Frequently Asked Questions section on our FB page and our website. It is small at this point but we will be adding to it as we go. If anyone has any questions shoot us a PM or email and we will add them.

We are also holding steady on our 2.50 a dz for chicken eggs and 2.50 1/2 dz for duck eggs. Please call PM or text to see what we have on hand they go soooooo fast.

We had to once again change our logo as our egg cartons changed-AGAIN! Hopefully they will remain the same for sometime now.

Here is a sample of our F.A.Q.

What is a 'Pullet', or 'Cockerel'?

A Pullet is a female chicken less than a year old, she then becomes a hen. A Cockerel is a male chicken less than a year old which at 1 year becomes a Rooster or Cock.


How long will eggs last?

Approximately 5 weeks as per USDA standards, they will actually last a lot longer. We put a 30 day expiration from the day our eggs are brought in inspected and packed as per USDA requirement.


When I hardboil your eggs they won't peel! Are they defective?

LOL! Nope! Here is how this works....when an egg is laid it has no air pocket inside of it. As the egg ages the shell draws in air (and anything else it can) into the egg. Now, being that our eggs are VERY fresh, they have a very, very small air pocket in them. You need this to peel the hardcooked egg. So...you can buy them and store them (the generally accepted time period is 12 to 17 days) then you will be ready to go. Or, you can buy the eggs out of the store which the average age of a store bought egg is 10 to 14 days.


Can I freeze my eggs?

While I have not done this myself as we NEVER have a surplus of eggs. There are a few of our customers that freeze theirs. They empty the eggs into ice trays and freeze them, then take them out of the trays and put them into freezer bags or freezer boxes.


Why don't you guys have a sign, or sell in the grocery store?

A. We have never needed one and B. We have (crossing fingers) never had enough eggs leftover after our customers to have enough to supply a store. We only want to get so large, if we ever do expand that far you will be the first to know.


What feed do you use?

We use a natural based diet, what that means is it is FREE from antibiotics, and commercial animal meat by products (No ground up animals) They are supplemented with REAL animal meat in small amounts from us, usually ground ham.


You feed chickens meat?!?!?

Yes we do! Chickens are not HERBIVORES, like cattle. They are OMNIVORES. Chickens eat mice, toads, frogs, and other chickens (trust me there I have seen it) It is part of their natural diet.


You have roosters in with your hens so our eggs are fertilized?

LOL! If it were only that easy....Our eggs are collected quite often usually about every 3 hrs more when it is very cold and very hot. The fact that we have a few protectors with our females does not change the eggs. In order for an egg to get to the point of a developing embryo it takes great care....or carelessness if you will.



 
 

A few new additions and some fresh herbs a coming.....

Wanted to show off some new additions.....

4 baby Pekins and 4 Baby Runner ducklings! We also have a few more ducks coming in April after these leave the brooder! These will be joining our other laying ducks in no time and enjoying the great out doors and supplying us with delicous large eggs:)

Also we have some fresh potted herbs getting close for sale Parsely,Sage,Sweet Basil,Opal Basil,Savory and Terragon.

The parsely is ready and so most of the Basil, the cost on these 2.5" Potted herbs is 1.75 each. There is nothing better than a nice little herb garden in your kitchen window for seasoning all your locally created meals. Egg production is doing quite well and so is buisness here at the farm. We normally have eggs on hand but it is always a good idea to call or text ahead just to make sure we will have your order ready and on hand. We are still holding at 2.50 a dz and we will hold that price as long as we possibly can.That about wraps things up this week, it has been a busy one...

Thanx for reading!We Appreciate It!

Whitfield's Family Farm

"Old Fashioned Ways to get Old Fashioned Eggs!"

 
 

Trying times....but we are shining thru!

Thanx! To All Who Have Been By Our Side In This Last Week!

Whitfield's Family Farm lost a very close and dear friend over the last week. So before I give you an update on what all we have been doing I just wanted to thank ALL of our friends,family and customers for their support, understanding, and unending patience. Love you ALL!

We have been starting seed this week....Sweet Bells,Bannana,  more Cayenne(you can never have too many of these babies around),Jalapeno's, and Pablonos. Tommorrow is head lettuce and Tomato starting.

We also will be posting up alot of photos on our facebook page as we will be doing some quarterly check ups on our layers. So be sure to stop by and take a look at our pride and joys.  Our Black Australorps, and Delewares we brooded last fall are coming into lay and growing and growing and growing!

We usually have eggs on hand but it is always good to call or text or even PM us to reserve yours so you dont get here to find us sold out. We start taking reserve orders on Wed. for Friday/Sat sales.

OUR CURRENT HOURS

FRIDAYS 12pm to 4pm and Saturdays 9am to 12pm

We also have herbs for sale now 2.5" Potted Sage,Parsely,Savory, and Oregano which is about 2 weeks out(we had some failures) These are currently $2.00 per potted plant.

Thanx Again All!

'Whitfield's Family Farm'

"Old Fashioned ways to get Old Fashioned Eggs!"

 

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Sold out again! So on to starting seeds:)

You can almost see tumbleweeds rolling out of our fridge as the last of this weeks eggs had left the building. We normally start talking orders on Wed for Friday delivery and Friday/Saturday pick up. This week we were sold out before I could even post the request! We cant wait til these new layers get our feed through their systems and start laying that awesome orange Whitfield's 'signature' yolk.......Mmmmmmmmm

So on to seed starting today........today we will be starting cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and who knows what else.

Next week we are going to start getting our favorite chicken recipes together and up on the site so people can start dreaming of how they are gonna eat our chickens, eggs and fresh produce.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

Dean Whitfield

Whitfield's Family Farm

 
 

Hello All! We are expanding!

Hello! We have been quite busy here as of late at WFF!

As some of you may know, we have had a very hard time keeping up with demand this year. We have now expanded our layers and are estimating about 2 weeks away at being able to fill all orders to keep everyone happy. We know how much everyone enjoys our eggs so we want to make sure we can not only keep up with demand, but also still put out the excellent quality our customers have come to expect. I will be trying to keep up with the blog here about every 2 to 3 days or sooner as time is availible.

In other news here, we will have potted oregano,parsley,chives,savory,sage,terragon, and mint availible by the end of next month for sale here at the farm. Nothing better than fresh herbs around poultry! Snapdragons are popping and we will also be planting plenty of Jalapenos, Pablono, and cayennes.

Remember our hours starting next week are Fridays 11:30am to 4pm and Saturdays 9 til noon unless other arrangements are made. Also at this preseason time, it's a really good idea call or text us to let us know your coming to make sure we have what you need.

Delivery  days will be changing but as of right now we are only delivering on Friday mornings...delivery is free and we deliver to Hinckley, Big Rock, Waterman, Shabbonna right now.

Thank you! And remember.......

Whitfield's Family Farm...

"Old Fashioned Ways to get Old Fashioned Egg!"

 
 
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