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Woodland, Free-Range Eggs pack of 10 eggs (Chill) ‘best by 25/5’

Sale price $48.00 Regular price $78.00

 

About Woodland eggs:

Woodland hens enjoy the freedom of secure paddocks, where, in addition to the many trees, they are provided with purpose-built and natural shelters. Every hen can roam as far and wide as she likes, within the security of these paddocks. When outside the barn, they’ll hang out under the trees. Foraging for grubs and insects and dustbathing are just a few of the things they can get up to. Woodlands eggs are wholesome, tasty and produced with the welfare of the hen and the care for the environment. Bonus fact: did you know that New Zealand is one of the only coutnries to fall outside of migration routes of birds that carry Avian Influenza. 

OUR HENS

The hens on our free range farms are Brown Shavers or Hylines, breeds known for their productivity, and the consistent quality of the eggs they lay.

Naturally gregarious, they love the free range life. Wandering green pastures or secure under the canopy of trees large and small, they forage for a variety of insects, worms and other natural foods, and do what hens love to do.

WHY HENS LOVE TREES

The domestic laying hen of today is originally descended from the native red jungle fowl of South East Asia, where it was first domesticated. Its natural habitat included heavily wooded jungle canopy. Domestic hens had spread throughout Europe as long as 4,000 years ago.The laying hens we use on our farms today have been hybridised from pure lines of egg laying breeds. The ability of these pure lines to produce eggs has been improved by careful selection over many generations. This work is carried out by a small number of breeding companies situated mainly in Europe and US.In the wild, hens naturally use trees for roosting at night to feel safe from ground predators. On our farms, the hens love the trees because they feel much safer from winged predators when they have cover over their heads during daylight hours. They also value the shelter that trees provide from wind and rain, as well as the shade from direct sunlight.

FREE TO ROAM

Woodland hens have the total freedom of beautiful farms with rolling pasture and lots of trees. Every hen can roam as far and wide as she likes, within the paddocks.

Once the sun rises in the mornings we open up the barns. At Ti Kouka, Glenpark and Hillgrove the hens can go out into the winter gardens (litter areas) and/or the pastures beyond...

In all there are 62 hectares at our Glenpark farm, 50 hectares at our Ti Kouka farm and 78 hectares at Hillgrove. While most hens will not spend all day outside, some will choose to.

Hens usually move around in groups, so it is important to rotate the paddocks where they roam. This helps us keep the pasture healthy, in good condition and provide a clean environment for the hens.

At night hens almost invariably return to the security and shelter of their barns to roost.

WHAT DO OUR HENS EAT?

Our hens are predominantly fed a natural diet based on a mix of wheat and barley, supplemented with other grains as required. If the hens need extra calcium we give them lime grit in separate feeders which helps produce a strong egg shell. This, combined with natural feed such as insects, plants, grains, and legumes eaten during the day ensures the hens produce eggs which have deep-yellow yolks and strong, clear whites.

The premium cereal mix is specially formulated for hen vitality, which leads to superior egg quality. It is made here in the South Island by our sister company.

To add further variety, the hens have access to different types of fresh pasture, at different times. At Glenpark, Ti Kouka and Hillgrove, we also put out large bales of straw, which they love to peck and forage in. Fresh water is always available inside the barn.

To ensure the feed of our hens meets all of their nutritional needs for growth and production, our specialist nutritionists routinely test the feed ingredients.

We recognise the specific needs of growing hens change as they mature, therefore the hens’ diets are tailored to the different stages of development. Seasonal changes may also require a variation to the standard diet. At all times, the highest quality ingredients are used.