WHY ARE OUR EGGS SO GOOD?
A healthy and happy hen will lay the best eggs. To achieve this we ensure our hens have the best feed, enriched with natural probiotics to ensure great gut health. We always re-sow our paddocks with rye clover grass seed as clover has been proven to increase the omega 3 in an egg. The hens are encouraged to spend their days outside in the paddocks or under the shade of the trees as the vitamin E levels are over 200% more in pasture reared eggs than cage eggs. The hens have access to water at all times either outside or inside their sheds, the water they have is rainwater collected off the roofs of their houses ,which is filtered but no chemicals added to it.
THE FRESHEST, HEALTHIEST, TASTIEST EGGS YOU CAN BUY
Not many people know this but the number 1 selling egg brand in Auckland comes all the way from the bottom of the South Island. By the time you eat them, they can be two weeks old!
Thankfully, ours are produced just up the road. Our free range egg farm is located in Whangaripo, Wellsford, just over an hour north of Auckland. So our eggs are super fresh and are normally delivered to the supermarket the day after they were laid. They boast low food miles - which is good for the environment and means they are fresher, healthier and tastier eggs - which is good for you! Check out some of our tastiest recipes here.
The hens have access to oyster grit, which is treated oyster shells that have been ground up.
The oyster grit helps to protect and strengthen their immune system as well as improving there cardiovascular function which keeps them healthy to produce superior quality eggs.
The grit also ensures that the hens have a plentiful supply of calcium which keeps their bones healthy.
A chicken with low calcium levels can suffer from broken bones most notably in the feet and legs from jumping up or down to perch.
The grit also provides much needed calcium. An essential component required in the formation of the egg shell. If they do not have enough calcium their egg shells are weaker.
At Whangaripo, we believe a strong shell is a vital part of producing a truly great egg.
PASTURE FARMED IN THE MATAKANA FOOTHILLS
We pride ourselves in the fact that our sheds are single level — most commercial/factory free range systems being used in Aotearoa New Zealand today are “multi tier” aviary sheds: large metal structures which enable the sheds to contain 30,000 plus birds. Our sheds are open 24/7 and have many openings along both sides allowing the birds to come and go as they please.