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Bob Bixler

“Growing up working on the farm is just good home family values.”

Bob Bixler
Egg Farmer

Name: Bob Bixler
Location: Berne, Indiana
Years farming: I have been farming for 24 years but this egg farm has been here since 1925.
My family: My wife, Lisa, and I have a four-year -old daughter, Gracyn.
How I came to be a farmer: I started working in the chicken houses and hatchery when I was a young boy. I grew up in my father’s footsteps.
The best thing about being a farmer: I enjoy going to the grocery store and knowing I had a large part in producing the eggs that are in the cooler. I also get a lot of satisfaction from donating eggs to local food banks, knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of people by helping feed a nation.
My personal philosophy on farming: The Berne Hi-Way Hatchery takes great pride in humanely providing safe, affordable eggs for consumers and making a difference in the world in which we live.

Egg Production in Indiana and the United States
  • Indiana ranks 3rd in the United States with more than 23,000,000 egg layers (chickens that lay eggs).
  • 240 million laying hens produce around 50 billion eggs each year in the U.S. That’s roughly one egg for every person in the country.
  • An average hen lays 300 to 325 eggs every year.
  • A hen must eat four pounds of feed to make a dozen eggs.
  • As a hen grows older, she produces larger eggs.
  • White eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and ear lobes. Brown eggs come from hens with red feathers and red ear lobes.
  • There is no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs.
  • Legend has it that the folds in a chef’s hat represents the number of ways he or she knew how to cook an egg. The vaunted 100-fold hat was reserved for the heads of only the most knowledgeable culinary experts.
  • Chickens came to the New World with Columbus on his second trip in 1493.

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