EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS
Coming up in 2019
We've lots planned for this year; New hens are on order so that we have plenty of eggs for Pesach. If you are going to want extra eggs this year, do get in touch as I can buy extra hens to ensure I have eggs for you. Yes, you literally get your own personal hens!
It's a very cold January as I write and spring seems a long way off. The horses are double rugged and chomping their way through the hay we cut from the field last summer.
So far the land is dry, we're benefitting from the very hot weather we had.
With spring we hope to see our bees flying again soon and getting ready to prepare another crop of honey for you to enjoy later this year.
We will be having an open day in the spring and will publish details nearer the time.
Pastured eggs seem to be being mentioned at lot these days - particularly on The Archers, but just what are pastured eggs and what makes them different to standard free range eggs? Well, free range hens are hens that have access to outside but that doesn't necessarily mean they have exactly roamed freely - some producer abuse this term and label their eggs as "free range" when in fact all they've done is open a door to allow their chickens to range in an outdoor area of bare dirt or concrete! Pastured eggs is a free range system that refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and more healthy humane conditions for the birds.
Our birds have freedom to range and forage whereever they like. We try and keep them in their paddock to protect them from preditors but they do tend to scoot under the tencing and do their own thing! At night we do keep them inside to keep them safe from Mr Fox.