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New Feature: ‘Last Updated’

Well, you asked for it and we’ve added it, introducing the ‘update indicator’. Very simply, it’s the date of the last update made to an egg stand by it’s flock owner. There are two places where this information can now be found.

First, there’s the Egg Stand listing page,  just click on the ‘Egg Stand’ menu item and you’ll be taken to the egg stand page. You’ll see that this list is now sorted chronologically with the most recently updated egg stands at the very top.

The second place you’ll find this information is on each individual egg stand page. Just click into an egg stand, and you’ll now see the term ‘Last Updated’ under the ‘Eggs’ section. That date tells the prospective customer the last time that flock and egg data was posted.

This information is helpful in two ways; first, it helps a user who is searching for eggs in their area to identify active flocks. Second, this information is important to know to ensure the freshest eggs possible, it’s a part of the transparency of food that we’re all seeking.

Please take a look when you have a chance and tell us what you think. We really do appreciate hearing from our members, your feedback helps to inform and guide us.

Regards,
Eggzy Team

Flock Owners: 5 Good Reasons to Create an Eggzy Egg Stand

Got a backyard flock? Eggzy puts you in control. We’re building easy-to-use-tools to simplify flock management and record keeping. You control how things work – whether you share, barter or sell your eggs, Eggzy gives you the information you need.

  1. If you’re a registered Eggzy flock owner, creating an Eggzy egg stand is fast and easy (http://www.eggzy.net/flockowners)
  2. Keeping an egg stand encourages regular usage of Eggzy tools – which encourage good agricultural practices (GAP)
  3. Egg stand owners can share flock info and egg availability with others easily by way of the subscriber feature (http://www.eggzy.net/help/#posting)
  4. Egg stand owners gain exposure from press and promotions
  5. Launching an Eggzy egg stand is free to create and free to use, so why not start (or update) yours today (http://www.eggzy.net/help/#customizing)?

* This post was originally published on September 24, 2011.

Featured Flock Owner: Walnut Kitchen Homestead

Member Name: The Owl Family
Join Date: December 28, 2011
Egg Stand: “Walnut Kitchen Homestead” of  Scranton KS, 66537
Website: walnutkitchenhomestead.com

They’ve only been raising chickens for little over a year and in that time they’ve gone from 12 to 65 birds (if you count the ducks and guineas!). Read on to learn more about how one family members interest in chickens influenced a lifestyle change for all!

Eggzy: Why do you use Eggzy?
WK Homestead: We use Eggzy to track everything chicken.  This includes: tracking our flock’s egg production, keep notes on how our chicken math is working, the average price per egg, and the age and breed of the chickens we have.  We even try to keep track of which breed is laying.  That isn’t always easy!

Eggzy: Tell us something about yourself?
WK Homestead: Until recently, we lived in a city.  Small yes, but it was a city.  Like many cities, the keeping and raising of poultry was illegal.  However, my daughter became very interested in chickens.  She changed the ordinance regarding fowl, to allow the housing of up to twelve hens or ducks.  It didn’t take long for us to have seventeen (including illegal roosters), and be above the legal limit for chickens .  Because the whole family became interested in farming and agriculture, we found an old farmhouse and moved to a very rural community.  We now have over fifty chickens.

Eggzy: How long have you been keeping chickens?
WK Homestead: Our chicken raising adventure started in March of 2011.  We purchased 12 baby bantams, and due to the fact everyone wanted eggs sooner than later, we soon added 4 adult birds.  That is when we learned about chicken math… only a year and a half ago.

Eggzy: Why do you keep chickens (For eggs, for meat, for show, as pets, etc.)?
WK Homestead: We keep chickens to amuse ourselves with their personalities (teaching them to perch on our shoulders, watching them fly across the cow pasture), keep our refrigerator stocked with eggs, and to have some rooster in the freezer when one gets old (or mean).

Eggzy: How many birds to you have?
WK Homestead: We only have fifty chickens, but when you include the ducks and guineas we have a total of about sixty five.

Eggzy: What do you feed your birds? Organic? Conventional? Table scraps?
WK Homestead: Our birds get a home-mixed whole grain natural food supplemented with table scraps, whatever bugs they find in the yard, grass, the pretty flowers, mulberrys,  oyster shells, and grit.

Eggzy: How do you raise your birds, are they pastured?
WK Homestead: All of our chickens are pastured.  They are let out as soon as we wake up, and have access to anywhere they choose to go.  Everyone asks us how we keep them out of the road.  It is a community thing, the old chickens teach the new ones, and those teach their babies.

Eggzy: Do you have a favorite breed?
WK Homestead: All of our family members have a different breed that we love.  My son’s preference is the silkie bantam.  My daughter loves the Belgian d’Uccle.  My husband likes ones that lay large, preferably double yoked eggs, and I find that I am partial to Easter Eggers and Dorkings.

Eggzy: Do you name your chickens?
WK Homestead: Yes, every single one of our birds has a name. It is a precarious thing naming birds. The farm mascot is Uffie, a black sikie hen. She runs everyone and currently is now the proud mom of 1 chick. All other chickens are currently staying far away from her.

Eggzy: Do you sell your eggs?
WK Homestead: We will sell our eggs to anyone who wants to buy them. They are located in a self-serve fridge on the front porch.

Eggzy: Do you cull birds from your flock?
WK Homestead: We cull and eat our birds for various reasons. If we have too many roosters, want to have a chicken dinner, or one is sick. There are a few chickens that have been deemed worthy of living a full life on the farm. Most are on some sort of breed/cull cycle.

Eggzy: Do you have any advice, tips or insights you would like to share?
WK Homestead: When purchasing your first flock, join a website called BackYardChickens.com. This is an invaluable resource for help to get started and continue to raise a healthy, happy flock. 2. Build a bigger coop than you can think you can fill up. Chickens multiply, sometimes faster than rabbits. 3. Watch out for mites. They come in on hay and are hard to get rid of. 4. If you get a guinea, raise it with you flock from the start. 5. If possible, let your chickens free-range. They eat so many bugs, that there is a noticeable decrease in the ant, slug, spider, beetle, chigger, flea, tick, and caterpillar population. 5. Buy breeds that interest you, and that will be fun to watch and grow.

New Feature: Contacts & Customized Alerts

We’ve added the ability to make direct contact between flock owners and non-flock owners; now registered members can initiate contact with an egg stand owner in pursuit of local, fresh eggs.

How Eggzy Contacts works:

  1. Log into Eggzy (only registered members can initiate contact).
  2. Search for flock owners near to you (try using the homepage map or search box, or search by zip code on the egg stand hub page).
  3. Find the Eggs section of the desired egg stand and look for the link to ‘Request alerts and info‘!

Once the request is sent, the flock owner will receive two messages from Eggzy; one message will go to their Eggzy message box and another direct to their email. If the flock owner accepts the request, your email address will be shared with the flock owner and added their Contacts list.

Keep in mind that we are only submitting a request; it is up to the flock owner to accept or deny each request. If approved, flock owners will gain access to member’s emails and members will gain access to egg availability information including pickup and/or delivery options.

Please note: Subscribers are now Contacts

The ability to Subscribe to a flock and/or egg stand has been replaced with Contacts. All your Subscribers are now in your contacts list. Contacts is within the Messages section of each members hub. Included in this change is the ability to send one or all contacts on your list a custom email alert.

We will be detailing the new Contacts feature in the Help section, in the meantime, please contact us with any questions, bug reports or suggestions that you may have.

We appreciate hearing from our members, your feedback helps to inform and guide us.

Regards,
Eggzy Team