At Orchard Eggs ® the health and vitality of our chickens comes first
We rear all our hens on the farm and strongly believe this is the greatest way to grow healthy birds and ensure you that Orchard Eggs® are of exceptional quality.
We chose to raise Lohmann Browns as they have a friendly nature and produce excellent quality eggs. Initially we keep them protected in a cozy tunnel, and once they are fully feathered and strong enough to withstand weather conditions (usually between 4 and 6 weeks) and roam around the orchard, they go out to the moveable houses scattered throughout the orchard. During this early stage, they develop a strong immune system adequate for our ecosystem that prevents them catching diseases and keeps us totally free from the use of antibiotics.
As part of our high welfare standards policy, we raise our hens together with cockerels. As natural leaders, cockerels protect the girls at all times, recreating a natural flock, guiding them to the best food and stimulating a healthy behavior among them. We don’t have any problems of cannibalism and feather pecking that are so common in industrially run egg farms. We also protect the integrity of the birds by keeping them fully beaked, which allows them to source nutritional worms from the orchard.
All our feed is 100% organic and locally sourced from Perry Court Farm with whom we work closely. Through the years we have developed the perfect grain mix for our chickens and can assure you it contains no artificial enhancers or GMO products. It is mostly wheat (60%) and contains less then 5% of soya, therefore most people who are allergic to soya can eat our eggs.