Free range egg farm on Long Island

Free range chickens on Long Island

When I heard there was a free range chicken farm nearby that sold eggs, I immediately got on google maps to find the way to Armstrong Farm.  The first day I drove around for 2-1/2 hours without hearing one cock-a-doodle-do.  While a lovely drive on the Gold Coast of Long Island on a pretty Spring day, I wouldn’t admit defeat in my quest for healthier eating. I set out the next day and learned that the trick is to go down the road that says “Private Road.”  In Lattingtown, there’s lots of those.

In the general vicinity of the farm and after a short chat with a guy in a pickup, I  v e r y  s l o w l y  rolled into the farm.  Immediately I saw that these chickens were not only free range, they had the run of the place.  A flock of brown speckled birds came to greet me as I exited my car, probably wondering what took me so long.

With no humans in sight, the chickens seemed to inspect me while a handsome multi-colored rooster, with girlfriends following close behind, ran over to check out the visitor.  I walked around, snapped pictures and enjoyed their freedom with them.  I sat on a bench for a minute, thinking that this is the way to run a farm, not the cruel manner in which so many animals are forced to live.

Lately I have been buying more organic fruits and vegetables.  Trying to live a better life for myself, my family and the animals that we consume, I’ve begun to intersperse my grocery shopping with trips to Whole Foods.  What I like about them is that they have 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards:

Step 1: No crates, no cages.

Step 2: Enriched environment.

Step 3:  Enhanced outdoor access.

Step 4:  Pasture centered.

Step 5:  Animal centered; all physical alterations prohibited.

Step 5+:  Animal centered; entire life on same farm.

I learned from a flyer near the refrigerator that holds the eggs for sale, that the farm is home to 500 free range chickens who each lay 300 eggs per year.  There are also 3 peacocks, 5 ring neck pheasants and a guinea hen.  I  don’t know what a guinea hen is, but I don’t see it, the pheasants or peacocks.

I purchased 2 dozen eggs, all huge and varying shades of brown.  My mission complete, the hens cluck-a-clucked alongside me as I made my way back to the car.  I gave a wave, said “Bye, chickens,” and swore I could hear them laughing at me, knowing I’d probably get lost on the way home.

  • I am going to make my way to the farm this weekend to purchase farm fresh eggs. I love eggs but refuse to buy them in the market since I know that the chickens who lay those eggs are not treated well. It warms my heart to see these beautiful animals treated with respect and kindness. Thank you for this great information. I am super excited!!!

    • I love your dedication toward better treatment of animals and the products you buy. Bring change because it’s the honor system at the farm. I know you’ll enjoy walking around the hens and roosters; they all seem to have different personalities.🐣

  • Will someone help you to get the eggs ? I would live to come and buy eggs from your farm – honor system what should I leave for each dozen eggs ? I want to make sure I leave enough thank you – I have given up meat and fish because I want to be more compassionate toward animals and have been looking for somewhere to buy eggs where the chickens are treated kindly

    • Hi Maria, when I went to the egg farm, no one was around, except us chickens;). There’s a fridge and a note that says how much the eggs cost, and you leave that amount (don’t recall what it was) in the container and take your eggs. Nice and old-fashioned. I applaud your efforts to treat animals more kindly.😊

  • Please call me as soon as possible my name is William I live in Dix Hills and we have to egg laying chickens that we can no longer keep it because we are moving please call me at to let me know whether or not you would be interested in adopting

    • Sorry I have not replied sooner, have not been receiving notifications. Where I live, it is too close to neighbors to house chicks, but hope by this time you have found good homes for them.

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    • I enjoyed the eggs very much – since it was before Easter, I had planned on coloring them, but the varying shades from white to beige to brown were so beautiful I left them as is and put them in the Easter basket uncolored. Thanks for sharing your memory!

  • Enjoyed reading your adventure to the chicken farm. Just wondering if you can purchase the chicken’s as well as the eggs?
    Thanks,
    -Dee:)

    • Hi Dee, thanks. No, the chickens aren’t for sale as far as I could tell. The eggs are in a refrigerator and you purchase them on the honor system, leaving the money. If I come across free range chickens in my travels, I’ll post it.

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