*** EGGS are available at the following stores: Note our eggs are incredibly fresh at your stores. We have an incredibly quick turnover rate. Eggs are literally fresh! Please note they sell out quick in stores so get them while you can. We deliver as eggs become available. Stores below are open to members and the general Public.
*** For now we currently sell only to grocery stores.
We no longer sell off the farm, see below for details.
We appreciate your support and we hope you are enjoying how an egg should taste.!
Thank you for your support!
Phoenix's Egg Farm
Portland, OR 97231
(Located 10 mins north of Hwy 26 and 185th Ave or 5 mins north of PCC Rock Creek)
Email: email@example.com (We check emails very frequently)
A: Can I visit your farm and buy eggs directly from you?
Q: We use to sell off the farm and give tours, but we no longer do so due to biosecurity reasons. I was asked by our licensing agency the Oregon Department of Agriculture and FDA to minimize exposure from outside visitors.
Q: Why don't you sell off the farm anymore?
A:. We have a group of 3 known individuals who have stolen hundreds of dollars worth of eggs, they have been reported to the authorites, however they have yet to stop stealing. In order to supply eggs and operate without taking a further continuing loss, we are fortunate enough to use stores as our outlets.
Q: Why does your eggs cost more than the others in stores? Why do you raise prices?
A: Small local farming whether crops or animals is always about passion not profit. What we ask for in price is a price to sustain the operation. Which has nearly cost us six figures to start from the ground up. Commercial farms are about profit. We will only ask for a price that can sustain the farming operation, therefore it will cost more than any other eggs made in a large scale factory.
Many small Oregon egg farms will ask to sell pastured conventional eggs for $6 or more and $8 and up for Organic eggs, this price is only to sustain an already challenging endeavor. Please remember when raising a chicken to egg laying we care for and feed them with no return for 5-6 months. Not too many people would work for 5 months without any pay.
As a matter of fact we have been operating a loss for many months as most farms do when they first begin. But we are at the point were we must raises prices in order to remain sustainable, to give you another perspective, in a commercial caged operation they hire 1 person for every 10,000 hens. This type of farming is not something I can do without help. We have a small number of chickens who are living a more humane life that need daily care and rounding up each and every night.
I truly wish there was more I can do, but we do not control the cost of feed and shavings. From a farm survival stand point I will only ask for a price that keeps us moving forward and sustainable. There is little to no profit from this venture. My wife and I both have day jobs to pay our bills, but the egg farm must be able to pay itself in order for us to keep it sustainable.
At the new prices, it will help.
We appreciate all the community support here. We thank the stores and all the loyal customers that have helped us get such a challenging farm up and started. Now we ask for continuing help to keep it sustainable.
Q: I have a special diet and want to know more about what the hens eat and how they live?
A: We get many questions that range from do you feed them soy, corn, wheat, etc....The answer is yes. Chickens can not live on bugs and greens alone, they must also get there minerals, vitamins and protein through specially formulated laying feed. The energy it takes for a chicken to lay 4-5 eggs a week is tremendous and they need a well balanced diet to do so. Please remember most current egg laying chickens are not wild animals, they rely on humans for safety and food. (however, I will admit I do have 1 or 2 birds that do choose to roost in trees and do choose to survive with minimal assistance).
A typical bird in the wild does not lay 4-5 eggs a week. A bird in the wild lays maybe a dozen eggs in the spring and hatches them. Majority of chickens are breed for egg consumption, which is around 250+ eggs a year, that requires tremendous amounts of food and a balanced diet. Each chicken eats 1/4lb or more a day, more in winter.
******If you want an egg from a hen that does not eat soy, corn or wheat, we recommend you raise chickens on special diets that meet your needs. Not only is it fun and exciting, but you have ultimate control of what goes in your body. We are after all what we eat.
We do strive to make sure our eggs coming from healthy happy chickens that do not need antibiotics, that have constant fresh air for healthy lungs and are in the sun to soak up the Vitamin D that we so need. We work hard to make sure the eggs you eat are much better than a factory farm, where they live indoors, in tight confinement and cannot exhibit natural behaviors.
Q: Why recycle your cartons?
We are not allowed to reuse old cartons do to foodsafety requirements.
Q: What type of chickens do you have on the farm?
A: We have various chickens. With a large assortment of hens, they range from the long tailed Phoenix roosters and hens, Black Copper Marans, Australorps, Barred Rocks, Brahmas, Easter Eggers - the ones that lay colored green/blue eggs, bantams, Rhode Islands, and the incredible Red Star plus a few others....
Q: Will you be licensed?
A: Yes, we are licensed by the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. We will be offering a dozen various colored mix of eggs at retail. You will see dark brown, tan, light colored and yes even green and blue eggs!
Q: How fresh are the eggs I buy?
A: The eggs you buy from us are often hours/minutes fresh, but sometimes the day before fresh. Not much fresher unless you have a frying pan ready to catch an egg under the hen. Plus your getting eggs from a much happier and healthier hen!
With a high level of orders, our turnover rate is daily to every other day, the eggs you get from us are as fresh as they get.
We will not be at farmer's markets.
Many of our customers buy weekly or every other week. Our eggs will retain their freshness for weeks, so it is fine to stock up for 2 weeks at a time.
Q: Why are your hardboiled eggs difficult to peel?
A: Because the egg is fresh, there is little air between the shell and membrane making it difficult to peel. If you buy regular store eggs and hard-boil them, they will almost always peel easier because they are older and have more air and less interior content.
Q: What do farm fresh eggs taste like?
A: Egg flavor comes from a hen’s diet, it is always good to know what a hen eats, and ultimately you eat what a hen eats. In addition to feed and free ranging, we supplement many of our hens with various greens, sunflowers and fruits for them in the summer and provide pumpkins in the fall. With our hens, you'll have a distinct taste with the changing seasons. Many of our customers enjoy the delicious taste of our eggs in both organic and non-organic.
Please note that during the spring thru fall chickens will have the most access to bugs and greens. In the winter their yolks may not be as orange as those in the summer, but they will still taste as good.
Q: What are these red spots or brown spots near the yolks?
A: These are called meat/blood or protein spots. As a hen lays an egg sometimes these spots show up, more so in brown and fresh eggs. As a matter of fact the more obvious the spot the fresher the egg. If you get an undesirable egg or one with significant defects, please let us know and we will gladly replace the egg. Eggs off the farm are not candled for these spots prior to selling, however we do work hard to ensure all eggs are of good quality.
Q: Egg Bloom and Cuticle Information.
A: Eggs naturally have a long shelf life, due to a natural coating the hens put on the eggs during the laying process. In the USA large commercial operations wash with chemicals/sanitizer removing the natural coating. They then coat them with an oil like substance to retain freshness (act as a bloom). At the farm many customers request us not to wash. Majority of our eggs are clean to start with and require little washing.
Q: What will your eggs in the store be like?
A: We will be offering 12 large grade AA various colored eggs (dark brown, light brown, cream, green, blue, etc). Our eggs will only be washed and sanitized if dirty and necessary. If our eggs are in clean nest boxes and they are clean themselves, they do not need to be washed and sanitized before packaging. It will be like getting farm fresh eggs off our stand, but at a retail location.
Q: Why are you doing this type of farming?
A: With farming it's all about Passion. We enjoy providing eggs to local communities, so people can eat more nutritious and know where their food comes from, only a few minutes away. Plus we love giving our hens cage free, outside fresh air and better quality of life while they work. We hope to grow this type of responsible farming with your support.
Q: How much work is it for you?
A: As with any business, it’s a lot of work. With farming, it's even more then imagined. Egg farming is not only labor intensive it's also 365 days a year. When the chickens work, we work. In a week there is over 80 hours of labor involved and 40 hours on the business side, all together this is 3-4 full-time jobs. With the 3 of us, there is plenty to do. Nothing is automated.
Q: What is a typical day like?
A: Wake up very early to the crowing roosters, go out at sunrise to let the chickens out, do safety checks to make sure all equipment works and hens are safe, do food and water checks to make sure there is plenty. Hand collect eggs, often, real often about 5 times a day. The hens lay from sunrise to sunset.
Barn clean out is a daily chore. Imagine cleaning up by hand after 1000 hens, let alone one pet or dog. Then of course there is the egg processing and packaging of eggs. Delivering of the eggs and handling customer questions is almost daily too. Forgot to mention, Also have the business side, make sure we have enough inventory such as feed, cartons, shavings, etc… paper work, lots of paper work, emails, filing. Then do this all over again the next day. BTW it’s
Q: Should I raise chickens?
A: Absolutely, especially if you can devote time and energy, it is a wonderful learning experience and you are welcome to contact me for advice. You are allowed 3 hens in the city of
Q: Do you have broilers or chickens for meat consumption?
A: At this time we do not offer chicken for meat, we may however explore this option. In the meantime, there are a few local farmers that do. I purchase chicken, pork and beef meats from Plumper Pumpkins and Tree Farm, http://www.plumperpumpkins.com/ because they are only 1 minute from me plus they taste great. They are raising lots of meat birds this year. Champoeg Farm and Kookoolan farm also raises many types of meats. I would also recommend www.locifood.com or www.localharvest.org and your local Farmer's Market.
Meats and eggs from local farmers will cost more, but their benefits exceed their cost. Eating healthy keeps you healthy, supports local communities and helps keep the local farming industry from shrinking at an incredible rate.
Many farms are struggling trying to compete with commercial industries who feed the world as cheap and cost effective as possible. By doing so quality is compromised, antibiotics are used which also thin the intestines making nutrient absorptions easier, hence they can then grow the birds quicker for production or sale. I often wonder how these antibiotics affect our intestines, health and size.
Pesticides and herbicides are used ruining the soil and the water you drink and foods you eat. We can change how foods are made and where they come from by supporting local farmers.
Q: Have you thought about keeping the chickens and letting them live their whole lives out?
A: Yes, we have thought about this. Our philosophy is to give the hens a life of freedom and happiness while working. Please remember most farms have a hard enough time just keeping the operation going let alone be able to buy more property, add significant costs and labor to maintain any chickens natural life which can last for 5-10+ years. We wish that we were in the position to offer this ideal sanctuary. However, if you want some hens to live their life for as naturally long as possible, we recommend you buy any hen and give them that option. We will always work hard to give the hens a good life on our farm. We keep sanitary living conditions and give our hens a far more superior quality of life then that of a typical commercial operation who houses ten's to hundred's of thousands all in a barn.
Q: I want advice on doing a chicken farm like you:
For more advice do what I did, lots of research and starting your business plan. I would consider myself just a beginner in this farming business.
Farming is the all American business from literally the ground up. Once you farm, your perspective will forever change on how things are made, produced, and how a business runs.
I wish you all the best of luck in following your dreams on becoming a successful farmer.
My View on the Future of Farming
If you search around we are probably the only licensed small egg farm in Portland, Oregon.
Why are there not more egg farms? Egg farmers cannot compete with egg factories who have 100,000's hens and can sell their eggs for $1 a dozen. At our farm the cost of labor, goods and materials while giving the hens a high quality lifestyle to produce a quality egg comes at a cost well over $3 to produce a dozen eggs, and well over $5 to produce organic eggs.
Profit margins are incredibly small and that is one of many reasons farmers no longer practice farming. The other reason why is due to some needed and some probably not needed regulations. Large commercial operations support many layers of regulations. Why? Because small farmers have to meet the same layers of regulation, which makes it financially impractical to start up an operation.
Phoenix's Egg Farm whether 100 or 1000 hens are lumped under "commercial operation" therefore we must adhere to much regulation of the industry. This weeds out small real farmers and discourages new farmers from producing healthy foods.
Nothing is wrong with making sure foods are safe, as a matter of fact I am 110% all for it. But to have to invest so much to have a place to wash your hands and wash eggs, sanitize and refrigerate seems quite simple of an operation. Yet the process is much more complex then one can imagine.
You can help by not only supporting small farmers, but also by letting your elected officials know the importance of having local farms in your neighborhoods and communities. These elected officials have food lobbyists at their ears, but they have not heard what you have to say. Officials need to hear your concerns about the challenges on small farmers who try to provide safe and nutritious foods locally.
Q: Why do you change or update your website often?
A: Yes please expect us to add new things often right now as we're starting up and trying to offer key information to our customers.