Hens on the veg

Because of the current avian flu threat, our chickens (like all UK poultry) must be kept indoors until spring, to make sure they don’t have any contact with wild birds that might carry the infection.

The sheds are safe and comfortable, but our birds are used to roaming on open green pasture all day; understandably, they can get a bit bored. We’ve done all sorts to keep them entertained – even giving them some footballs to play with! But the thing they seem to enjoy the most is lots of tasty grade-out produce to graze on.

Watch our video below to see our hens living life on the veg.

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10 responses to “Hens on the veg

  1. Thank God for that. That’s what they should always eat, not that horrible wheat/soy/corn pellets. I am yet to taste real country eggs again.

  2. Loved the video, though obviously we hope they can be outside soon. Do you play music- not pop, soothing Chopin etc?

  3. Lovely video and real holistic and waste not want not farming. I’m a new Riverford customer and havn’t tried the eggs or chickens yet, but I will in the coming weeks.

  4. Did I see oranges in the goodies given to the lovely hens? My three ladies get fresh greens everyday, black kale being a firm favourite, along with pears, apples and grapes which practically cause a riot. They will try anything, almost but I’ve never given them orange. I’ll give it a try.

  5. Well, it’s taken this producer a long time to feed veggies to his hens. Back in the 60s I reared from chicks for the fertilised eggs and then later the birds for table, and even then – 50 years ago – we were giving them veggies to eat!

  6. Will definitely add eggs to my next order. Oranges? Your birds look happy and healthy despite being deprived of the great outdoors for now. Thanks for the video enjoyed it!

  7. Good to see they all look happy. I am cultivating a more vegetarian diet, due to cost mainly and can already see the benefits in behaviour.

  8. I really loved your video. My father raised outdoor hens in the 1940s and ’50s and I loved helping him, so it’s wonderful to see happy hens given a great diet – even though they have to be indoors for the time being.

    Keep up the great work!

  9. Love to the hens!
    Great to see them!

  10. Hi

    Does your bacon have small amount of nitrates or is it just cured by salt?? or is that not possible.

    Many thanks, we buy your lovely meat at the market in Shoreham just lovely and make amazing bone broth too.


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