After 5 months of relaxing with their 2,499 roommates in the brooding house, approximately 2,500 hens needed to be moved to the third and final laying house- by hand.
Naturally, to accomplish this daunting task, Jeremy Beehn, temporary General Manager of the farm, brought in his six kids as a chicken-carrying task force. Unfortunately, that included me.
The first hour or so was easy and optimistic. The sun wasn't too hot, and it was actually quite fun! It was especially entertaining to capture the hens, or at least, attempt to catch them. They're fast!
We challenged each other to see who could carry the most hens in one trip (my personal best is five!), and tracked our CPMs (chickens per minute). It was fun, wholesome family time found in the weirdest way possible.
After several return trips, it became clear to see that this wasn't easy work. It was only carrying chickens, but it required lots of manual strength and endurance. By the end of the first day, I was drenched in sweat, dirt, and other substances that I have no desire to identify.
But, I also walked away with a new appreciation for the difficult labor that the One Egg employees do every day. Running a 7,000 hen farm requires skill, strength, and copious amounts of endurance. It's not easy for anyone to gather up their strength and work, but especially in a place like Haiti, it is especially admirable to see such devoted workers.
Finally, after two days of work, the brooding space was empty. Now, it's full once again with 3,000 tiny chicks! The new laying house is now operational and producing more and more eggs every day.
The farm continues to grow and grow, and now, we're selling eggs faster than the hens can lay them! God continues to bless and bless this little corner of Haiti, always doing more and more than we could have ever dreamed of.