Every hen joins us as a day-old chick, and we carefully rear them in our dedicated rearing sheds until they’re old enough to join the full flock at 16 weeks old. We let them outside as soon as it’s safe for them, at around 19 weeks old, and we love watching them take their first steps in the field.
Our hens are all free-range, with full access to the outdoor fields all day. But because hens are naturally afraid of big open spaces, we encourage them to venture out with planted hedgerows, trees and shelters made from recycled materials. It all helps the environment too.
A hen’s egg is precisely what they eat, so we pay precise attention to what our hens put into their mouths! To reduce food mileage, we grow crops on the farm that we feed to our hens, coupled with the grass they eat in the fields and a special nutritional mix to keep them happy and healthy. They even enjoy a unique, vet-provided pre-biotic that activates at different times to improve their gut and digestive system.
Chickens love to have fun, and our hens have access to loads of different toys and activities to keep them entertained at all times. We’ve got trampolines and swings in the field, sandpits to dig around in, frames to climb on, and plenty of interesting objects to peck at.
We pay great attention to the living conditions of our hens, and have state-of-the-art hen huts to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible. They love to huddle together, but we give them more floor space, nests and perches than the RSPCA recommendations. They’ve got lots of automatic hen doors to access the outdoors and plenty of feeders and drinkers.
Lastly, and most importantly, we have 24-hour monitoring systems in place to ensure our hens are always safe and healthy. Their welfare is our top priority, so we have hard alarms if anything happens to their water supply or their cooling fans. We monitor their weight, their feed and their temperature at all times too.