Why Organigrow Organic Eggs are the Best

July 12, 2018

With an increased number of Organic and Free-Range egg brands now available on the market, why should you be choosing Organigrow eggs over other organic and free-range eggs? 

Simon’s passion for organics is an unbeatable advantage for consumers.  This blog discusses how the happy hen’s home and management processes elevate Organigrow above and beyond many of the minimum Organic Certification standards, and why you can be confident that purchasing and consuming Organigrow eggs is a truly ethical, quality and healthy choice.

Small Density Housing

Organic certification standard is 2,500 hens per hectare.  Organigrow has approximately 600 per hectare, meaning no chance of crowding, boredom, restricted movement or discomfort for the birds.

Large Runs

With the exception of baby chicks, who initially need to be in a temperature-controlled and prey protected environment, Organigrow hens are never kept in sheds.  They see the natural light of day every day and can be in the fresh air wandering and foraging any time they want throughout their life.

The runs were purpose built to be larger than organic certification minimum standards and include shade trees and shrubs for the hens.  The shade trees and shrubs provide the hens a natural and more comfortable environment, especially on warmer days.  Tree roots and mulch are also ideal for foraging any time of the year.


Simon also deep mulches the runs to help protect the ground quality for the hens when there is heavy or ongoing rain.  This mulch is also perfect for the hens’ love of scratching and foraging.

No Debeaking

Organigrow does not buy day old de-beaked chicks and does not de-beak any on the farm.  We feel this practice is barbaric as the beak is where the most senses are to enable a hen to forage.  Sadly, many free-range and organic farms do still de-beak.

Wandering the Farm

The hens have access to almost the entire Organigrow farm.   Outside of the run’s trees and shrubs, the hens also enjoy the benefits of the farm’s abundant citrus, mango, pecan and many other trees and shrubs that provide sun and rain shelter, prey protection and double up as foraging fun.

Hen happiness is a vital contributor to producing quality eggs.  Foraging is what chooks are happy doing all day.  Foraging reduces the chance of boredom and consequently the inclination to start pecking each other.  Organigrow hens just spend their days happily wandering, scratching and foraging over the farm.  Not de-beaking enables the hens to forage successfully, and having the space and environment keeps them busy and happy.

Retired Hens

We receive many enquiries as to what happens to older hens no longer used for laying.  Sadly, there always comes a run age when the shell and egg quality deteriorate.  Low quality shells are unacceptable for commercial egg production.  They break easily which potentially causes cross contamination and consequently is dangerous for human consumption.  Organigrow hens are retired to become pampered pets for backyarders wherever possible as they still produce good eggs suitable for private consumption for many months afterwards.

Human Choice Certified

Simon’s passion for organics and the prevention of cruelty to animals has also led him to be one of very few egg farmers to seek and receive the coveted Humane Choice certification. This certification is over and above Australian Certified Organic.

Solar Power

The farm is 95% run from the sun thanks to the solar system installed a couple of years ago.  Add this to the many trees Simon has planted on the farm and Organigrow is proud to be not just carbon neutral but carbon positive!


Are the eggs you currently buy certified true free-range, organic and humane choice?  When buying Organigrow eggs you can be confident that you are buying are not just the best quality free-range organic eggs but also ethical and humane.


A Day in the Life of Organigrow

July 5, 2018

The Organigrow farm is proudly certified both Organic and Humane Choice.  This is not lightly earned and requires constant work to maintain.

Every day of every week is spent looking after the hens on the farm to ensure our feathered friends are healthy and happy, and that quality eggs are produced for you, our customers.

First Light
At first light we walk around each of the runs to check all feed and water lines are working properly with food available and clean flowing water.  The hens regularl...

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Organigrow's Newest Chicks

January 10, 2018

It’s not all hard work on an organic egg farm, as recently I got to do one of my most favourite things - pick up a new batch of 1-day old chicks.  Have you ever heard the sound that a couple of thousand, 1-day old chicks make together, when they are on the trek from the Gold Coast to their new home at my Organigrow farm, located just outside of Lismore?  It is one of the cutest and most joyous sounds you can ever hope to experience.

Many people wonder how we get our chicks, do we breed them ...

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Just look at all there is in an egg...

December 12, 2016
Let's take a look at what nutriments an egg contains, especially when it comes from an Organic certified, free range farm, where hens pasture in large green shaded fields...

  • Vitamin A – Did you know that egg yolks (from pastured hens) are a rich sources of this vitamin necessary for balanced hormones. In the yolk it is paired with the healthful fats and since vitamin A is a fat soluble this is very important as we can absorb it. Although Vitamin A can also be found in some vegetables such as...

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What to look for when buying free range eggs

December 8, 2016

To help with your purchasing decision, please see the table below which lists various organisations that certify free range egg producers and the standards that they set out (the information within the table has been verified by each of the certification bodies included).

 Australian Egg Corporation Assured
criteria for birds to be called free rangebirds are housed in sheds and have access to an outdoor range during daylight hours, once fully feathered (around 5-6 weeks)all bi...

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Pastured and free range eggs directory

November 14, 2016
Sure the carton says “free range”, and there may be photos of verdant pastures and room for the chickens—but are you really getting what you think you are? Who’s to tell?
Read the whole editorial on http://flavourcrusader.com/blog/2011/09/free-range-eggs-australia/

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Cracking the code...Free-range egg brands that meet the Model Code

October 11, 2016

Cracking the Code

For eggs to be labelled free range, the Model Code of Practice says there should be a maximum of 1500 hens per hectare. But many commonly available "free range" brands do not adhere to this, with some brands keeping as many as 10,000 chooks per hectare.

"Many consumers are paying extra assuming hens are staying in the equivalent of a comfortable bed and breakfast, but instead they're stuck in a crowded backpacker hostel," CHOICE director of campaigns and communications Matt Le...

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Spring is here again!

October 11, 2016

With Spring, new chicks have arrived on the farm and the older chickens are now feeding on the lush pastures presently 
covered in clover.  Scientific studies have shown that clover boosts the omega-3 content of the eggs so it is no wonder that they have that extra goodness.

The mangoes are heavy in blossom and the pecan trees are covering with leaves, bringing more shade over the pastures.  The showers expected in the coming days will boost the growth of the grass, giving the hens even more...

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Truth in Egg Labelling - the Greens

October 11, 2016

Consumers shouldn't have to jump through hoops to be sure that the eggs that they are buying are genuinely free-range. Sign up here to stay up-to-date with our campaign for truth in egg labelling.

The Greens believe that consumers shouldn't have to jump through hoops to be sure that the eggs that they are buying are genuinely free-range.

However, in March 2016 state and federal consumer affairs ministers agreed a free-range standard that would allow stocking densities of up ...

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November 28, 2011

Since 2011, Organigrow is accredited with Human Choice, a major animal welfare agency in Australia.
Check out their web site http://humanechoice.com.au

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about me

Simon Cripps Clark My passion is nature. I enjoy walking, climbing, observing wildlife and just taking in the beauty of the world.