This year we've been treated to an unusually hot and, perhaps more impressively, consistent summer here in the UK.
While we're certainly not going to complain about it (when you see what we deal with when winter comes around you'll understand), it has made us consider some things we don't ordinarily have to contend with. And right now, that's dust... so much dust!
The chickens certainly aren't bothered - they take dust baths for heaven's sakes. They love it, and it's great for their feathers. But for us it's a problem - too much dust leads to dust-lines on the eggs. With the exception of our Mis-Shapes any Rookery Farm eggs that you buy are Grade A organic eggs. And that means they are graded for size and delivered to our customers exactly as they came out of our chickens (usually within 24hrs of being laid!). Any eggs that need a bit of a wash have to be classified as seconds and we sell them as Mis-Shapes directly from our farm shop.
Thankfully the solution is for once, straightforward, cheap and easy - for the first time ever we've been out vaccuming the sheds, egg belts and control boxes...