Milo's Poultry Farm
USDA Certified Organic
Milo started his chicken egg business in 2004 after previously working in construction for many years. His father and brother were producing organic milk to an organic market that was also seeking organic eggs. Milo took this suggestion and started raising organic chickens as a side job. In 2005 he was able to quit construction and work on egg production full time. At first, he washed all the eggs by hand in his basement until a washing and processing facility was put up. As the business grew, Milo has coordinated with other farms to raise some of the birds. Milo buys the birds and holds the same standards for all the farms, as he does on his own land. Between all five farms, there are roughly 16,000 chickens.
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I want to tell you about our organic eggs. Here at Milo’s Poultry Farms, I have chickens that roam on our organic farms in Northeast Wisconsin. The chickens are of different varieties which explains the variety of colors that you see when you open a carton of my eggs.
I used to have different breeds so I could keep different ages in the same house and still know their ages. Now I do it mostly to prove that white eggs can be just as tasty and rich as any other eggs if the hens are taken care of with the same organic standards, and also because I like variety.
The quality, size, inside color and taste of the egg will vary with the seasons, the weather, the personality and age of the chickens. Chickens are just like people; every one is unique. Most hens lke to peck around outdoors, while a few enjoy the shelter of their house. Some are lazy, and some are full of energy. Some are shy while others are bold and bossy. I see a definate “pecking” order. For the hen that bosses herself around and consumes more feed than others, she will tend to lay an egg with a richer colored yolk. A more timid hen who consumes less may lay an egg with a paler colored yolk. Older hens tend to lay an egg with paler yolks as well. There are a couple reasons you notice variations in the colors of yolk. There are many factors that influence the richness of an egg yolk. I let them go outside as much as possible. Even in the winter, fresh air and sunshine will help produce richer eggs. In spring you will see richer yolks. In summer you may see paler yolks due to heat stress. In fall before winter sets in, you may see a richer yolk again. Whenever the garden and flower beds are not in production, they have a run of the farm; otherwise I rotate them between different pens to keep them picking through the fresh grass.
YES Free Range
Chickens are generally let out at noon until sun down. They have ___ acres of pasture to
YES Certified Organic Feed
NO Synthetic Hormones
Feed: corn, barley, flax seed, wheat mids, soy, sea kelp, alfalfa, vitamin and mineral package, herbs, omega 3’s, as well as what they eat when they are outside.
Certification: USDA Certified Organic
Whole Stewing Chickens
Breeds:White Leghorns, Amber, Bovan Browns, Lohman Browns,
Who and What Do You Support When Buying From Us
4 family farms.
Farm 1: Milo & Edna Ellen Bontrager, Lisa, Judith, Tyson, Jaylin, Milo’s parents: Ezra and Rosa.
Farm 2: Harry & Edna Maie Bontrager, Rosemary, Wanda, Paul, Irene, Dennis, Laura, Linda, Nelson, Dorothy, Christopher, Wilbur Lee, Josiah, Raymond.
Farm 3: Chester & Edna Gingerich, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Ruthanna
Farm 4: Alvin & Clara Shrock, Marlin, Enos, Joanna, Lavon, Jonathon, Elmer, Rosella