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 or do we bring them in?  Here is our story of our newest chicks.

Our chicks came from Rochester, Victoria making them jet-setters by the time they were just 24 hours old.  At one day old, they were transported to Melbourne airport and then flown to the Gold Coast and this is where I picked them up.  I stopped up at Tugan for a short break, utilising the opportunity to open the truck door and let the sun come in to warm the chicks toward their optimal temperature of 32 degrees centigrade.  With some warmth in the truck and the chicks chirping away happily, we then made our way to the Organigrow farm.

Up to this time the chicks have not needed to eat, as they can live off the egg yolk for 2 days.  Once I arrived at the farm and set them up in the large brooder shed, I gave them their first water and organic feed.  They mobbed together initially and then started to explore and scurry around but at the first sign of any perceived danger, they mob back together. The brooder shed will be their home for the next 7 weeks.  The gas heaters are on and will continue to run as needed to maintain the optimum temperature of 32 degrees for the first few days, which is vital for their survival. For the next 2-3 weeks it will be gradually deceased as they get older and more feathered.  As chicks are so vulnerable, the growth in size as well as chirping volume is a pleasure to witness. After the 7 weeks, the chicks will move into the grower run.  This run is more like a normal hen run however due to their age and vulnerability as young growers, the run is covered by bird netting to keep the hawks out, and whilst I find the grey goshawks beautiful I don't want them eating my precious chicks. They will stay in here for 7 to 10 weeks until they are big enough not to be vulnerable to an attack from the hawks. After this they are moved (over a couple of nights) to their permanent run, where they are watched over day and night by one of their Maremma guard dogs. After a little time to get used to their home run they are let out during the day to roam completely free range around the farm. As we do not de-beak our chicks, they will always be able to use their full senses to explore and forage every day, and they will go on to lay many superior quality and superb tasting Organigrow organic eggs.

 

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
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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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HUMANE CHOICE

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.