If you are pretty sure “you are what you eat,” then it’s not a far stretch to understand that “you are what your chickens eat.” Lots of egg producers claim to sell “free-range” or “pastured” poultry products, but what does that actually mean about what their hens are eating and how they are treated? The reality is that unless you know about the grain they are being fed, the greens that are planted in the pasture, and the methods by which hens are being moved about the pasture, you’re not getting the highest quality eggs available.
Who We Are
Bells Valley Hens is owned by Jason Stoltzfus, a third-generation farmer who has studied Business Administration and is active in Toastmasters.
What We Believe
We believe pastured chickens, fed the best locally-sourced Certified Organic Grains available, provide our discerning customers with the best-tasting, most nutrient-rich eggs and chicken products they desire for home and commercial consumption.
How We Care for Our Chickens
- Our hens have unlimited access to greens (during the growing season), insects, worms, and seed. We plant a mixture of red clover, rye, alfalfa, and bluegrass.
- The hens’ daylight hours are spent on the pasture. They have access to a mobile chicken coop for laying, drinking water, or eating feed. Since the hens normally will not stray far from the coop, we move the coop frequently to ensure the hens always have rich food sources.
- They are fed the best locally-sourced, non-GMO, Certified Organic Grains available. We don’t use imported feed.
- Our layers are never given hormones.
The Mobile Coop Concept
We currently have three mobile coops housing a flock that averages 700-800 layers. Mobile coops allow the hens freedom and safety, and gives us the ability to maintain them on healthy pasture throughout the year. Our hens are tended and eggs collected twice daily, and the mobile coops are moved once a day and sanitized on a regular schedule to provide the most disease-free environment possible for our birds.