Apr 18th 2019 Back to latest news
What’s the difference between Organic and Free-range Eggs we hear you ask when looking at our beautiful Free-Range eggs in our shop. They are laid by our chickens, here on the farm, so we know they are great quality. How? because we aim to incorporate as many Soil Association goals as possible for our chickens. Our chickens are well cared for, we know what they eat, what we feed them and all about their personalities and welfare.
To produce organic eggs you must attain the Soil Association standards. The criteria covers housing, the amount of space animals have, the way they are treated, what they are fed and how they are transported.
According to Compassion in World Farming, about 50% of all eggs produced in the UK are free-range, compared to 3% that are organic.
At Farmer Palmers we do the above as well as never
Their laying cycle is normally during spring and summer.
Different breeds lay different coloured eggs.
Chickens stop laying when days get shorter nights get longer. They start again in springtime. On average a chicken lays 320 eggs in a season.
At the end of Summer chickens usually go into natural moult, losing feathers and generally looking very scruffy whilst new feathers grow. This is an annual process.
Beak trimming is routinely performed on laying hens in the UK but fortunately prohibited under Soil Association Organic standards. We are not organic but agree wholeheartedly this painful practice is not welcome here. There is no need. Hens only feather peck if overcrowded and prevented from expressing their natural behaviour. We agree a happy hen is a hen that can forage, ground scratch and dust-bathe, which is their basic natural need.
We love our hens!
It seems like a no-brainer to us: happy hens lay better eggs – and eggs that you can feel reassured about eating.
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