True free range

cb60 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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Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 8:27 pm 29 May 07

I didn’t even know there was such a thing as feedlot beef. Learn something new every day…

cb60 cb60 7:55 pm 29 May 07

Ari is right, a proper fresh free range egg cannot be beaten(excuse the pun)

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 7:34 pm 29 May 07

what as opposed to battery cattle?

As opposed to sheep, pigs and cattle who are fed on grain or industrial feed (mmm…Lil Lisa Patented Animal Slurry). That is, they’re free to graze while they range, and this grazing constitutes the bulk of their feed. I’ll take grass-fed beef and saltbush lamb over feedlot stuff any day.

Ari Ari 7:00 pm 29 May 07

Forget the guilt, I don’t give a sh*t about the animal liberation stuff, but genuine free-range eggs do taste better.

apehammer apehammer 6:25 pm 29 May 07

“but who pens/cages cattle or sheep”
Feedlotters do. Well, maybe not sheep, but definitely cattle.

cb60 cb60 5:19 pm 29 May 07

You don’t need to worry about what profit is in it, that’s my business. 🙂

Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 5:00 pm 29 May 07

Free range beef? from free range cattle? what as opposed to battery cattle? I can understand the organic bit and even the free range bit with regards to pork but who pens/cages cattle or sheep?

cb60, so you’re only getting 40 cartons a week (I missed that in your original post) and $2 profit per carton is wrong but being that I rarely pay attention to individual items when shopping what’s the going price for eggs? Am I high or low? If high you are surely making even less money and if low even at double the profit margin you’d still be hard pressed to make a penny. I take it this is to be a supplement to regular income or are you attempting to be mostly self sufficient?

Oh and Maelinar, thanks for the correction 😉

cb60 cb60 4:42 pm 29 May 07

I would try Griffith butchery

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 4:38 pm 29 May 07

I have some friends who have a property near Bungendore, and they give us eggs from time to time. Their chickens roam around their giant backyard, eating scraps, bugs, worms, snails, whatever they like. The eggs taste amazing.

I love eggs. Warm, runny eggs. Now I’m hungry.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 4:25 pm 29 May 07

Is there a reputable free-range chicken meat farmer around Canberra? I can get free-range organic beef (Greenhill), pork (Bundawarrah) and lamb (Ando), but no luck with chook.

Maelinar Maelinar 4:22 pm 29 May 07
cb60 cb60 4:09 pm 29 May 07

I only collect eggs from the nests, usually they prefer laying in their nest as long as you create the right environment. Trial and error on nests does the trick.
Anyway I know many Canberrans will pay a good price for a good egg. Eggs you get in the supermarket are at least 6 weeks old and break due to lack of shell grit in their diet amongst a number of other things.

Thumper Thumper 4:04 pm 29 May 07

The chickens are restless….

Dagget Dagget 3:58 pm 29 May 07

We have only 6 chooks on our little plot , and have not had to buy eggs since getting them.
They seem to have a happy life roaming wherever they like 🙂
The eggs are sometimes hard to find though ….
And I think my kids have named them …

cb60 cb60 3:57 pm 29 May 07

You are wrong , not all chooks will produce an egg each day especially as I don’t force them into produce by artificial light.
And no I will not get $2 per dozen , I think you should go see what the going price is for eggs these days.
Actually, I rang the Co-op today and will be selling some there if it is in demand and the co-op is happy. Others will go to friends and
then I’m thinking of a drop off point for a group interested in bulk buying together.

Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 3:47 pm 29 May 07

Now please correct me if I’m wrong but I though most chooks produce about 1 egg per day per chook. So with 100 chooks that’s about 8 dozen eggs a day. Guestermating (yes I know that’s not a word) a profit of $2 per dozen after expences that’s $16 per day, $112 per week. Hardly enough to feed yourself yet alone run a business. What am I missing?

Unbeliever Unbeliever 3:26 pm 29 May 07

cb60 congratulations on the setup. I doubt sadly that those who aren’t convinced by the virtue of free range eggs, will see sense in what you’re doing. Too bad for them. But for the rest of us (and there’d be heaps of us in the Canberra region), this supply is great news. Personally I get my free range eggs at the ANU coop, when I can. Where will the deliveries be too? A central point in the CBD? Homes?

cb60 cb60 3:06 pm 29 May 07

I’m making a big deal about it because there are egg farmers out there with caged birds selling their eggs in free range marked cartons.
I do love my chickens and treat them like any other pet but no I don’t name them- I want them to be healthy and happy and in return they are fun to watch and give healthy eggs.

mutley mutley 2:32 pm 29 May 07

I love chickens but society just doesn’t seem to understand…

hk0reduck hk0reduck 2:19 pm 29 May 07

So.. have you named each of your chickens?

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