True grass fed, free range egg production requires a high level of management, constant interaction with the hens and great attention to detail.
We take enormous pride in caring for our hens to ensure their lives are happy, healthy and a little bit ‘WILD’!
The Wild Hen Farm Philosophy
- Love what You do
- Do something REAL
Latest research tells us that eggs truly are a SUPERFOOD. When produced using our methods, I know we are doing something real and worthwhile. We believe our customers should have the opportunity to learn exactly how their food is produced.
Our GRASS FED hens are managed differently
Our hens …
- Are free to spend their days scratching in the soil, dust bathing and eating insects
- They shelter, roost and lay in their own purpose built mobile shed
- They and their mobile shed are moved to a fresh paddock weekly
- Are stocked at less than 1500 hens/ha
- Are able to roost on high perches at night
- Are full beaked to enable them to forage more effectively
- Are fed a high quality, high protein feed and have constant access to fresh pasture through our planned grazing rotation
- Are protected from foxes by a portable plastic mesh electric fence
Eggs from GRASS FED hens are different
Our grass-fed, TRUE Free Range hens produce eggs of a more intense flavour, enriched by a diet of grasses, clover, insects and seeds.
Independent research has found that a hen’s diet has a large effect on the nutritional content of her eggs.
Research from Pennsylvania State University has shown, when compared to caged eggs, GRASS FED hens’ eggs have:
- 2.7 times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids
- 2 times the amount of vitamin E
- 38% higher Vitamin A
- Less than half the ratio2 of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids
Please contact us if you need or want any more information about how we manage our lovely hens and produce quality grass -fed, true free range eggs.
Vitamins A, E and fatty acid composition of the eggs of caged hens and pastured hens. Karsten, H. D., P. H. Patterson, R. Stout, and G. Crews. 2010. Renewable Agric. Food Syst. 25:45-54.
2A diet that has a lower ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 reduces inflammation in the body, while a diet with a higher ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 increases inflammation. Excess inflammation may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many types of cancer.