Hens move into our production units from their rearing facilities at 16 weeks old and start laying at 19–22 weeks of age.
Our hens lay an average of 310 eggs per year usually in clutches of 20 or so eggs then a day or so off between clutches.
Our diets are GM free, colourant free and consist of mainly (over 80%) wheat and soya, some limestone grit is added to aid digestion and provide calcium for shells. Finally a vitamin/mineral supplement is added (approximately 2-3 % by weight) to ensure optimum health and nutrition. As our birds are free range there is also a proportion of grass in the diet, eaten outside.
Growth Promoters, Drugs and Antibiotics are never routinely used in our layer diets. Only under strict veterinary advice for specific health reasons are antibiotics used and then statutory egg withdrawal periods are observed so that no eggs are marketed whilst treatment takes place.
Eggs routinely reach retailers within 2–3 days of lay, but even at “worse case” they will only be 6 days old.
Egg shells are porous and can sometimes absorb smells from other strong smelling foods in the fridge so it is not a good idea to put eggs on the back of the fridge door next to the left over onion or garlic cloves.
Young birds when they first come into lay need time for their egg laying system to settle down so sometimes two yolks may get released together and combine in one egg. Very, very rarely you may even get 3 yolkers.
Over 50% of shell egg sales are now free range with this proportion increasing all the time.