Oxhill Organic Pasture Ranged Eggs
Our 2500 certified organic laying hens roam on river flat land on our farm at Wauchope, NSW. They are housed in movable sheds (chicken caravans), and are moved to new pasture every two days, a point of difference between our eggs and most free range operations (a lot of free range chickens are housed in permanent sheds which means that although they have access to free range, they are on the one paddock all year). This allows maximum intake of fresh organic grass. This is also great for the pasture as it gets a great dose of chicken manure. This system of farming also helps grow more nutritious grass as the chickens grazing habits are controlled and favoured species are not overgrazed. We now also keep the different age groups separate with only one shed per paddock. This is a lot more work but provides better grazing outcomes and enables us to monitor the groups more effectively and ensure optimum health and welfare for each group. It also means that each paddock is smaller so that the hens are always close to the shed for shelter, food and water. The hens are protected from predation by movable electric fences and fox lights.
Our hens are not debeaked to enable them to forage and behave 100% naturally. They feed on a diverse range of organic pastures and freshly cracked organic grain. As well as this, they also receive a fresh porridge mix every morning, consisting of the freshly cracked organic grain, mixed with fresh organic milk that comes from our dairy.
Our production system uses:
NO Meat Meal
NO Fish Meal
NO Yolk Colorant
Just fresh, organic, grass, grain and milk