True free range

By 29 May 2007 43

“Ingebra” is a small farm in Burra , 20 minutes from Canberra and is the home of 100 happy thriving free range chickens. They are now 7 weeks old so around September will be laying their first eggs. Egg lovers who insist on true free range chickens are now invited to make orders for a limited supply available in Spring 2007. They will be delivered within 24 hours of being laid
in recycled cartons. A maximum of 40 dozen will be available each week while on the lay. People will be invited to come out and meet our chickens.

So if you love chickens and their eggs you can make contact by email

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43 Responses to
True free range
ant 8:29 pm
06 Jun 07

Our duck eggs were always well covered in pooh! ducks splurk everywhere (these ones ate snails and things which seemed to make them even more splurky). We’d just scrub them before opening them for cooking.
Ducks spend the night in their nest, they don’t decamp to a perch, so there was ample opportunity for splurking repeatedly in the nest. I can just imagine the average punter, used to supermarket eggs, being confronted with a liberally splurked duck egg.

cb60 8:46 pm
06 Jun 07

You have to see how a proper free range egg farm works and in my case with over 600 chickens prior to this to get a hands on understanding of how it works.
Clean nests and the right kind is what works along with proper fencing, feeding and watering systems. There are so many types of architecture for this out there.
This is a family tradition for us now so I have
many years of experience behind me to improve on what worked and didn’t work before.
Ducks are another thing and I cannot comment on them. They do like their ponds though!

cb60 4:47 pm
04 Sep 07

Our chickens are laying now and you can pick them up by the side of the road across from the Mugga Lane tip on Saturdays between 10-2pm.
Price of eggs is only 5 dollars per dozen when picked up – eggs no more than 48 hours from point of lay.
Delivery is substantially more.
Please see first post for email contact.
Limited supply

pjp 1:09 pm
29 Sep 07

There are currently a lot of free range egg sellers at the Southside Farmers Markets Phillip. I guss its a good time of year for eggs. The prices are low as there is a lot of compition. You can speak to the farmer to check authenticity. Every Sunday 9-12noon CIT Southside CAmpus Phillip

barney 1:27 pm
29 Sep 07

I like Free Range Eggs, and Free Range Bacon !

cb60 7:28 pm
29 Sep 07

How much is the going price for free range at the Southside markets pjp? very curious to know.
I’m now selling my eggs to an upmarket restaurant
in Manuka and the customers are loving the taste and colour of them. I’m getting a good price and can rely on selling them without having to spend
long hours on side of the road!

jagman2020 11:34 am
22 Jul 08

Hi cb60,
I am living in Bredbo now and started a free range chicken coup as more of a hobby.. I am going to sell to friends etc.. I was wondering if my wife and I would be able to visit your farm to talk turkey.. No chickens… lol..
Just be interesting to see how someone else has done it etc…

Do you use merammas for protection?

cb60 12:30 pm
22 Jul 08

Hi jagman,

Please visit our site which is still under construction.
Hopefully the site will be completed by the end of August.

If you are going to sell that’s great, we need
more free range farmers but I don’t run workshops.
I don’t have the time I had when I first started
this thread.

Best of luck.

smiling politely 12:32 pm
22 Jul 08

Re: duck eggs – you have to be pretty careful with them as the shells are a lot more porous than chicken eggs and are therefore more susceptible to salmonella and other nasties.

While duck eggs are very good for baking, I reckon the main benefit from ducks is pest control, fertiliser and pure comedy value (they can be funny little critters). If you keep them it’s worth getting a big truck tyre cut in half, then filling it with water and using that as a “splash space”, they love it.

Ideally I guess it’d be cool if more and more people kept their own chooks like the great Australian backyards of old…

Jazz 1:31 pm
22 Jul 08

I have 3, which is just enough to bake the odd cake, have fresh eggs benedict for breakfast on the weekend and keep my son amused as he chases them around the yard.

cb60 7:44 pm
17 Sep 08

This is an update.

We don’t sell to individuals anymore because all of the eggs go to
Zucchero in Manuka and Du Jour in New Acton.

We still sell at top price to a handful of individuals but as
we are such a small farm and prefer it that way we will never have
enough to satisfy demand.

However! We will be selling chickens, beautiful layers who have plenty
more years of laying life left in them. As I don’t want them to go t
neglectful homes- I’d rather they be eaten than that- I will be selling
the girls for 12 dollars each with 4 dollars from the sale of each chicken
going to the Eden Monaro cancer support group.

The chickens are up for sale in Dec 2008 and will be advertised in the Canberra
Times or go to my website at and make contact.


ant 8:55 pm
17 Sep 08

The egg boxes of the Girls of … galway?! in Burra have reappeared at the Oaks Estate Groggery (they are in the fridge near the door, at the bottom.

cb60 10:55 pm
17 Sep 08

Thanks Ant. I know about the girls in Burra, I met them briefly at the Kingston Markets
when they were new to the scene back when my mum was at the end of her time there.
I’m hoping we meet up again :)

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