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Rhibafarms is a pesticide, herbicide and cruelty free farm, raising “Free Range” and “Pasture Fed” chickens. We are now offering you the opportunity to adopt your own chicken (or chickens) and board them at the Rhibafarms “Ranch House”, located in Gilbert, Arizona.

Our “Chicken Adoption Program” is not just about the eggs…it’s about synergy and growth—practicing sustainability, supporting and knowing your local grower and knowing where your food comes from. The program is designed for all who have a sincere interest in eating wholesome food…be it our eggs or our delicious organic vegetables. If for any reason you wish to adopt, but, prefer not to receive the eggs produced from your adopted hens(s), we will gladly donate their eggs to our local food bank.

Our ladies have plenty of freedom to roam in a sanctuary at the farm fondly referred to as “Chicken Town”. Approximately 18,000 square feet, “Chicken Town” is surrounded by a 6’ cyclone fence and covered with a custom-made greenhouse shade cloth. The shade cloth provides 50% UV blocker for our hot Arizona summers and serves to protect our ladies from potential predators above. Fed organic laying mash, vegetables and wheatgrass from our farm our ladies also enjoy a generous supply fruits and vegetables from our friends at Atlasta Catering Company.

For those of you that live in an HOA, apartment or condo, and have always wanted your own supply of fresh organic chicken eggs; this is the perfect opportunity for you! We currently have 50 hens up for adoption.

Program Terms:

  • Choose your hen or rooster from our on-line photo gallery.
  • Adoption Fee is $3.00 per week.
  • Adoption Fees are paid in 90 day increments; purchase your points through the Rhibafarms.com website CSA store.
  • Under our current program you will receive 312 eggs per year, six eggs per week.
  • Receive an “Adoption Package” with every chicken, (.jpeg Photo, Adoption Certificate).
  • Custom Tee Shirts available with a photo of your chicken (at additional charge).
  • Pick up your eggs weekly at any of our four CSA drop off locations.
  • Come visit your birds often, just give us a call to make arrangements!
  • Questions? Please give us a call, 480-632-0272

Egg Production:

Your adopted hen, (unless you choose to adopt a rooster) will lay an egg approximately every 24 hours—on average, that’s 240 eggs a year! Also your hen will molt on or about every 12 months, during which time, she will not produce eggs. Currently, we house our hens in three different age groups in anticipation of their molting. It has not been our experience in the past where all of the chickens molted at one time, but should this occur, we would gladly credit your CSA account during the molting period.

Nutrient Value of Free-Range Eggs:

When chickens are allowed to roam freely over ground that provides their natural diet (a variety of grasses and bugs, with the addition of vegetables and some fruit), the eggs they produce are far superior nutritionally to the eggs of commercially raised and confined birds. The yolks are bright orange instead of pale yellow, the taste is richer and they even cook differently.
These eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you can purchase. They are packed with six grams of high quality protein and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus (for healthy bones and teeth), iron (for red blood cell formation), zinc and selenium (for a functional immune system).

1 They also contain vitamin A (essential for normal growth and development and to support the immune system), vitamin D (needed for myriad health maintenance functions including the absorption of calcium and phosphorus), vitamin E (necessary to protect the cells against free radical damage and to improve oxygen utilization), and several of the B complex vitamins. Eggs are especially rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin) important to the release of energy, and vitamin B12, vital to normal blood formation.2
Free range eggs contain seven times more beta carotene (which gives the yolks their rich color), twice the omega 3 fatty acids, and three times more vitamin E than store-bought eggs. Commercial eggs have almost twenty times more omega 6 fatty acids, while a free-range egg has the ideal ratio of equal parts of omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids, which help lower the risk of heart disease and strokes.3

One egg yolk has up to 250 milligrams of choline, which helps regulate the brain (maintaining the structure of cell membranes), the nervous system (relaying messages from the brain to the muscles) and the cardiovascular system (helping to reduce the levels of homocysteine in the blood)1,4.
Eggs are particularly high in the only two carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthan) that protect the retina of the eye against light damage, which can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts.5,6
One egg is only 70-80 calories, but the density of its protein, unsaturated fatty acids and nutrients will satisfy your appetite for a longer period because your body is being fed what it requires to maintain health. Thus it is beneficial in weight management.7
Active adults build muscle strength and aging adults can have a significant reduction in muscle loss 8.
New studies show that eating eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol, as once believed. Saturated fat can raise cholesterol, but not dietary cholesterol. In fact, if you ate no cholesterol your body would have to produce it because of its contribution to normal brain function 9,10.
An egg yolk is a whole food, meaning that it contains cholesterol together with all the nutrients necessary to metabolize that cholesterol in the body.

References:

  1. Livestrong.com, using the USDA, National Institutes of Health and The Egg Nutrition Center
  2. HealthyEgg,co.uk
  3. MotherEarthNews.com/eggs
  4. Choline.info.org
  5. Moeller SM, et al. 2000. The Potential Role of Dietary Xanthophylls in Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  6. Leutein bioavailability is higher in men from lutein-enriched eggs than from supplements and spinach. J Nutr. 2004; 134:1887-1893
  7. Weigle DS, et al. 2005. A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and ghrelin concentrations. Am J Clin Nutr, 82:41-48
  8. Evans WJ. 2004, Protein Nutrition, Exercise and Aging. J Am Coll Nutr, 23(6)601S-609S
  9. Report on bbc.co.uk of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Surrey and published in the Nutrition Bulletin of the British Heart Foundation
  10. Health.Harvard.edu

 

Egg Safety:

Rhibafarms “Ranch House” Eggs are classified “Nest Run”. This is an Arizona Department of Agriculture classification. Our eggs come in all sizes, shapes, are unwashed, collected daily and then refrigerated. Our coops are cleaned weekly and dusted with diatomaceous earth. We believe that clean coops, or hooch’s as we call them, are extremely important not only for the health of our birds, but the quality of the eggs. When you receive your eggs, please wash them!

Care and Welfare:

Our chickens are full members of our farm team. Therefore they are fed and watered by hand daily. Since we do not spray pesticides on the farm, scorpions are a problem. Chickens eat scorpions, but the scorpions do not go down without a fight and sometimes they win. If the scorpion is lucky enough to hit the chicken on their body, the neurotoxin from the sting could kill the chicken, but more often the chicken looses its ability to use its legs. When this happens we isolate the chicken in our “MASH” unit and care for it during its recovery period, hand watering and hand feeding. If your adopted chicken dies, we will notify you and replace your lost bird with another one of our ladies.

Roosters:

We currently have three roosters—not that we bought three roosters, but it is our guess that whoever was sexing the chicks missed a few times. Our roosters are up for adoption as well. When you adopt a Rooster you are sponsoring this bird for the health of the flock and supporting the farm, you will receive no eggs. You should know that roosters play an important role in the hierarchy of the flock, and they are very protective of their ladies. Of the three roosters there is one dominant bird that is very aggressive—to anybody or anything. We call him “Colonel”. Roosters love being the center of attention and they have a very colorful vocabulary. When you visit “Chicken Town” (and we sincerely hope you do!) you will hear the roosters talking, they actually have a multitude of calls. There is the Food call, Courtship croon, Flying object alert, Startled note, and just plain old Crowing—which doesn’t only happen in the morning! Roosters are who they are, as nature intended them to be, especially here at Rhibafarms.

Nursery:

We have recently built a nursery, which will be used for raising new chickens in Chicken Town. In our efforts to bring to you the most nutritious products we feel it is necessary for us to raise our chickens from birth. Also we are trying to continue the American Heritage Breed of chickens. In today’s world of corporate agriculture the chicken has been bred for either meat or eggs and “Free Range” chickens that are hatched in their natural environment are very rare.

Conclusion:

We sincerely appreciate your interest in our farm, and we cannot thank you enough for your support.

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