Because of the avian flu threat, our hens (like all UK poultry) have been kept indoors for the past 3 months. Much of the country is now clear, but unfortunately, some of our farms are in areas that are still considered ‘high risk’, and the hens must stay in for a bit longer. Because they have now been living indoors for 12 weeks, EU regulations say we can no longer label our eggs and chicken as ‘free range’.
It might not be ideal, but it’s keeping our hens safe, and we’ve been doing everything to keep them comfortable and entertained. See for yourself in our video.
Watch our video to see one of our egg farmers, Jerry Saunders, and his hens (Jerry won a Gold Award for his eggs at this week's Food and Drink Devon Love the Flavour awards ceremony)
The Soil Association's organic standards are much higher than those set by the European Union and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The birds have a balanced, natural diet and from time to time some of our suppliers may feed their hens organic vitamins, derived from organic fruit only. It is believed that smaller flock sizes and access to fresh grass considerably lowers the risk of disease and infection in hens. Most of our suppliers will only ever use homeopathic remedies should a bird fall ill, but we're pleased to say their high levels of husbandry have meant they have never needed to use this form of treatment. The farmers who supply us with our mixed eggs have various flocks at different ages. The hens produce different sized eggs so rather than rejecting some sizes, we put mixed eggs into a punnet with a minimum total weight.
For more on Soil Association eggs see their website www.soilassociation.org
Keep cool and eat as fresh as possible.
keep it cool
Please tell us where to leave this product if you are not in – it needs to be kept chilled to maintain its quality. A cool box in a shady spot works well.