Q & A
Regular Free Range Vs True Free Range Pasture Eggs
Pasture Eggs are superior to free range in that the hens are still free range but rather than being housed in a permanent structure, they live in 'caravans' which are moved weekly - they are truely free range
Given that hens will only usually forage up to 100m from their nesting area, traditional free range hens will inevitably end up foraging in dry dust which has been pecked bare of greenery.
Our hens always have fresh pasture in which to forage, prividing them with 'bonus' feed of insects and leafy greens which provide micronutrients and superior taste.
Are you Accredited to Sell Eggs in Qld?
"Yes! We have Safe Feed Queensland Accreditation which is one of the most stringent accreditation programs in Australia. This accreditation ensures that we are selling contaminant free, by safely producing, packing and storing our eggs to reduce the rik of salmonella. We also have all the local and state permits required to house our hens.
Next time you think about purchasing non-accredited eggs, think about the conditions in which those eggs are produced and packed - and whether you think they are sure to be salmonella free.
Safe Food Accreditation also involves mitigating the risk of an avian influenza outbreak - is your non-accredited egg seller aware of the risks???
What is Biodynamic Farming?
"Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition ... Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself." (https://www.biodynamics.com/what-is-biodynamics)
What is the White Fencing??
We live in an area which is frequented by wild dingoes who LOVE to eat a tasty chicken and our girls would be an easy feed. The fencing we use is moveable electric fencing which is moved along with the caravan each week.
What's The Difference in Nutrition
A trusted medical and health information site, www.mercola.com, writes,
"Testing has confirmed that true free-range eggs are far more nutritious than commercially raised eggs. The dramatically superior nutrient levels are most likely the result of the differences in diet between free ranging, pastured hens and commercially farmed hens. In a 2007 egg-testing project, Mother Earth News compared the official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs with eggs from hens raised on pasture and found that the latter typically contains the following:
2/3 more vitamin A3 times more vitamin E
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids7 times more beta carotene"
We do everything we can to encourage our hens to lay in the caravan so that their eggs are kept as clean as possible so that we do not have to wash our eggs.
Egg washing involves removing the natural protective barrier on the egg shell by using chlorine and other chemicals. This process actually increases the risk of contamination of the egg after washing and reduces the shelf life of the egg.
Some of our eggs may have some slight imperfections which occur when the freshly laid egg rolls into the catchment area, or occur naturally with each individual hen. This is part of eating a pastured free range egg! We believe that society must let go of the desire to eat perfect looking foods because perfection in looks is often a sign of intense chemical use,genetic modification and loss of flavour!