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True free range

By 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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43 Responses to
True free range
apehammer 6:25 pm
29 May 07

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

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.

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.

cb60 7:55 pm
29 May 07

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

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 8:36 pm
29 May 07

To be fair to Nik-The-Pig (hmmmm) I plan on selling these eggs to a lucky few for top dollar. In other words, people passionate about their eggs and the condition the chickens live in that laid them.
It is not my staple income but it will more than pay for itself as there is 20 birds per acre of organic pasture plus free recycled vegetables to supplement grain.
It is a niche market and I expect to satisfy those few I can accomodate.
I also plan on growing chillies and a number of other things – like TREES.

cb60 8:40 pm
29 May 07

10- 12 dollars per dozen in case anyone is in doubt.

ant 10:41 pm
29 May 07

You can get Burra eggs at the grog shop at Oak’s Estate. The box says Teh Girls of (something or other). Bloody useful if you’re heading home through Oaks (to visit the grog shop!) and don’t want to stand in line at Coles for hours. They sell milk, bread, and eggs. and grog.

caf 12:25 pm
30 May 07

ant: they sometimes have those eggs at ainslie IGA too.

Thumper 12:29 pm
30 May 07

I tend to like the free range tofu as well.

I used to hunt tofu many years ago when it was legal. Dangerous critters when wounded and cornered. you just never knew when they were going to attack.

Saw a man have his leg torn off once…

ant 9:28 pm
03 Jun 07

You want to be using the right ammo for those Tofus, you only get one shot before they’re onto you.

I spose I shouldn’t mention the Oaks Estate Groggery sells eggs (even if they are from Burra) as Coles and Woolies might send the frighteners around.

pjp 6:12 pm
06 Jun 07


Best of Luck, as a former free range egg farmer I will tell you that what ever amount of eegs you think you will get, half that number and that is what you will get in salable eggs. $10-12 a dozen is pretty steep i get my true free range eggs from the Southside famers Market, There are a few people selling there at about $5 a dozen, and to show jsu how authentic they are they are unreliable.

I had 400 chooks on a free range egg farm closer to canberra than you will be and basically with the price of grain and unreliablity of free range eggs you will be very very luck to make any proffit at all, In fact i would look at it as a hobby that is not costing you too much.

jim2000 6:23 pm
06 Jun 07

I got some bad free range eggs at my local IGA they were the Gallway girls or something, about 4 eggs un the dozen looked like they had been 1/2 boiled, then left and packed, dont think Ill get them again

ant 7:42 pm
06 Jun 07

That’s one of the things with free range, they are out lying where the hens have hidden them, and sometimes older eggs get found. Maybe lying in the sun for a bit, so one side gets cooked! Often a good thing to break each one into a cup or soemthing before breaking it into your cake or thing that can be ruined.

The Girls of Gallway, I think that was the ones the Oaks Estate hoochery sell. They’re hidden down in the soft drink fridge (with the milk).

cb60 8:24 pm
06 Jun 07

No, that is unacceptable. No eggs should be picked up except from their nests. There is NO excuse for picking up eggs outside of the nest for consumption. Eggs are fresh from attending to the chickens and their nests each and every day- twice a day. The real challenge is keeping eggs clean by ensuring there is enough fresh straw in their nests to keep down the inevitable habit of chickens creating droppings wherever they go.
Luckily they prefer to save it for their perch.
I have no problem eating a fresh egg with droppings on it but you can’t sell those eggs- although they are often sold that way in small green grocers in Sydney. Better that than the eggs being cleaned which destroys the barrier protecting the egg from nasty bacteria. Sometimes
a dry cloth can be used to brush away dirt or hay without compromising the hygene of an egg.

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