The Brooder Shed

Originally our hens would come to us at 16 weeks of age, prior to point of lay. At that time, they would have to adjust to our feed, climate and genuine free range system. In 2017, we decided to build a brooder shed and begin getting in day old chicks. We believe that rearing our own birds allows us to closely monitor each flock and get them accustomed to our system. From a young age, they have access to the paddock and are transferred out to our portable sheds at 12 weeks of age. Rearing our own birds has allowed us to have a more uniform flock resulting in increased egg production.

WE MADE Choice's list of brands that meet the recommended model code of 1500 hens per hectare.

It’s not easy to find ‘real’ free range eggs.

In 2017 the government introduced a free range egg standard that fails consumers. The standard allows producers to pack 10,000 hens into a hectare with no mandate for hens to actually spend time outdoors. This is entirely in contrast to consumers’ expectations for free range eggs and the CSIRO’s Model Code of Practice, which says there should be a maximum of 1500 hens per hectare on an outdoor range.

Want to know more, and see how we meet Choice’s Model Code of Practice?

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