Just Down the Road
Just 45 minuets outside of New York City, down a private road in Glen Cove, Long Island, sits Armstrong Farm.
The Good Life
We're just minutes from New York City, but these chickens have more space then I do in my studio apartment.
An Open Gate Policy
This free-range egg farm is home to over 300 chickens and their friends.
Living in Harmony
Roosters, ducks, a peacock, and of course chickens wander the expansive farm area.
The Honor System
You buy your eggs for $5 a dozen; just open up the cooler, drop your cash in the box and grab your eggs. The farm also collects your old egg crates to use them again.
This one was poached for breakfast and was delicious.
Wide Open Spaces
Laurie Huenteo, who helps at the farm, met the owner, Eddie Armstrong, while working on the Open Space Act. This legislation helps preserve farmland in Long Island.
An Unusual Passion
Huenteo "couldn't stay away" from the chickens, and Armstrong asked her if she wanted to come and help out at the farm. Laurie now lives on the farm and helps out whenever she can. In this photo she's inside of the "infirmary" taking a look at one of the chickens.
The chicks and the "teenagers," as Huenteo calls them, are separated from the flock along with a few hens until they are ready to be on their own. There is a communal approach to incubation and raising the chicks; a few "mothering" hens are chosen to help raise the chicks regardless of them being their mothers.