About feather & PECK

Carrying less than 75 hens per hectare, feather & PECK pastured free range eggs come from small, low density farms on the FLEURIEU PENINSULA in South Australia. Our happy hens roam free, spending more than 80% of their day outside. At night, they roost in mobile trailers, protected from predators by Maremma dogs. Every week, we rotate our hens to new fresh pasture where they also enjoy locally grown GMO-free, soy-free feed.

We produce eggs with impact. Our pastured free-range eggs are exceptional. Our customers tell us that they taste amazing and cook well. The way we farm regenerates family farms and creates local employment. We donate a percentage of eggs to sporting clubs for their game day BBQs and give any excess eggs to food relief organisations such as Foodbank and OzHarvest.

If you are interested in becoming a feather & PECK farmer partner, contact us. Together we are making a positive impact on the environment, animal welfare, local employment, social enterprises and egg quality.

Pastured Eggs Adelaide
A feather & PECK egg is noticeably tasty and comes from happy hens who enjoy more than 80% of their daylight hours outdoors. Pastured free-range hens forage free in open paddocks by day and roost in mobile trailers by night. They enrich the soil by eating bugs and provide natural fertiliser – moving frequently to new pasture. The hens are protected by Maremma dogs and electric fence netting to keep the predators at bay.
Feather & PECK farms are real farms. We use multi-species grazing practices to regenerate the pasture. Our hens are rotated around our farms every week, following the grazing pattern of our cattle. The hens scratch, dig, bathe in the dust, peck the poo and fertilise the soil. This ‘multi-species’ approach to farming mimics nature, controls parasites and weeds and sustainably improves production rates.
25 Happy Hens per hectare

What does pastured free range mean?

We label our eggs as ‘pastured’ so that you know they are really free range. Pastured farming means always having access to grazing, living in open paddocks with lots of room, no feed lots and no indoor confinement. For eggs to be labelled free-range, the Model Code of Practice says there should be a maximum of 1500 hens per hectare. Unfortunately, many commonly available “free range” brands do not adhere to this, with some brands keeping as many as 10,000 hens per hectare. Feather & PECK farms stock less than 25 hens per hectare.  There’s plenty of room for our happy hens to spend most of their day outside to graze freely. Pastured free range eggs are more than free range.

As sure as eggs

 

A feather & PECK egg is not just a ‘feel good’ egg. Studies have shown that pastured eggs are higher in Vitamins A & E and Omega 3s than ‘confined hens’ (in cages or large barns).*

Our customers say that the eggshell quality is noticeably harder, the egg and yolk separate well and the eggs have a great consistency. They’re happy to eat ethical eggs that come from happy hens.

* Karsten, H.D., Patterson, P.H., Stout, R. and Crews, G. (2010) ‘Vitamins A, E and fatty acid composition of the eggs of caged hens and pastured hens’, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 25(1), pp. 45–54.

Our best egg yolks

What day do eggs hate most? Fry-day.
How do comedians like their eggs? Funny side up.
Who wrote the book, Great Eggspectations? Charles Chickens.
What did the egg say to the clown? You crack me up.
Where do you find information about eggs? In the hen-cyclopedia
What do you call an egg that goes on safari? An eggs-plorer!
How do baby chickens dance? Chick-to-chick!

 

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