Plant Types Pests and Diseases Botanical Names Soil Nutrients Conversion Tables Pot Sizes Gardening Terminology The Garden in May The Garden in June eCardsBirthday eCards |
Client Login Email Newletter Enquiry Form
The RSPCA have produced a guide listing products that contain free range eggs which can be downloaded by clicking here:
I believe that many people are not aware of the lives the hens that have laid the eggs they buy live. Most people will probably be driven by price when buying eggs. The cheapest method for producing eggs is battery farming: this means rows and rows of cages stacked on top of each other containing around four hens per cage. The farmers are not to blame for these low standards as it is the publics’ demand for cheap eggs and the power of the supermarkets to drive profits which results in farmers with few options to be able to make a living. Before we got our hens our eggs our free range and come from a local farm which means cheaper eggs, high welfare standards, lower ‘food miles’ and no ‘middle-man’ supermarket taking the cut of the profits.
Keeping chickens as pets is becoming a modern day trend and a popular way of getting your own free range eggs. Adopting ex-battery hens gives you the chance to give some hens a second chance and giving them the life that they deserve. Hens reach a stage when their egg production drops and for battery hens this results in their death because they are no longer considered profitable? They will have never seen the sky or had the chance to live a natural life so why not give them their second chance? I am not saying the battery farming is right, justifiable or in any way supporting the trade but instead providing a home for some hens that would have otherwise been sent to the ‘chop’.
So whether you have your hens, are thinking of getting your own or buy your eggs chose local free range eggs to reduce food miles, support local farmers and to give hens a better quality of life.
The following pages are meant as a guide only and the information shown is by no means the only or correct way of doing things and is merely information that I collected and found useful when getting ready to get hens. The information is from a point of view of keeping laying chickens and not for raising poultry for meat production.
Chicken Home Page