Treat Family Farm

Treat Family Farm

Can you imagine walking onto your front porch and immediately finding yourself surrounded by 11 geese, 11 ducks and 25 chickens? This is the life the Treat family of Mountainburg lives every day.

Arkansas Grown member, Treat Family farm has been raising free range chickens, ducks, geese, quail and guineas for three years. They began with chickens, at first just to have access to farm fresh eggs.

“Our youngest son is incredibly fond of birds,” said Andrea Treat. “Every time he said he wanted a bird, his grandma would buy him some.”

Their property has been in the family for 45 years, and Andrea said her grandma did the same for her. When they inherited the property, Andrea and her husband said it would be a shame to not hobby farm and utilize all 88 acres.

They have raised most of their fowl from chicks, some have been given to them and some were raised from eggs.

Most of their eggs are sold to family friends and coworkers. Andrea said she bakes with duck eggs because they are so rich.

Duck eggs are very strong compared to chicken eggs. Partly due to the larger yolk, duck eggs are significantly higher in both fat and cholesterol than chicken eggs. But they’re also higher in protein and have a higher concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, making them a favorite of paleo dieters, who seek high-fat foods. Duck eggs are typically larger than chicken eggs; they vary a bit in size but are usually around 50 percent larger than your standard jumbo chicken egg.

Currently, the Treats have a box of baby chickens in their living room under a lamp that will soon be released into the flock. Also, there are duck eggs being incubated inside.

To learn more about the Treat family, find them on Facebook.