Madelaine started selling eggs at 8 years old in 2002 when she decided to raise some chooks. Now at 20, she has 2,000 NASAA Certified organic laying chickens that roam around the family's 440 acre Hollyburton Farm, though valleys where the sheep graze, behind the cows and in Madelaine's orchards and veggie garden.
She boasts an impressively low stocking density of 80 hens per hectare.
The chickens diet is balanced through wild foraging and Hollyburton’s organic chicken feed that is made and sourced from a variety of Victorian and NSW grain farmers.
The lovey ladies have access to a full day of sunlight, green grass, insects and pasture. Then at night the girls perch in dry, cosy, insulated mobile chook-homes that Dad and Madelaine built together. These 'chook-mobiles' are moved every day to fresh pasture and any poo the girls release over the night falls through a mesh floor onto the ground, helping to naturally fertilise the paddock so more grass grows.
Madelaine's chickens have:
No added hormones, no antibiotics, no fertilisers or pesticides on the pasture and the grains they eat. There is also no GMO.
The chickens have private boxes (privacy is actually very important to a hen's well being!) with nesting material to lay their eggs in. They are NEVER picked up by their wings, feet or heads - Madelaine holds her chickens with love and lets them follow her around. She ensures that her chickens are the happiest she knows of!
The life of Madelaine's chickens - why the eggs taste so good:
From 24 hours old the fluffy chicks start their life with Madelaine at Hollyburton farm. They are kept warm and dry under heat lamps, with fresh water and delicious organic food to eat.
At fourteen days they venture out onto green pastures in little mobile houses that are moved daily. These comfortable houses still have heat lamps and little perches so they can learn to fly and scratch. They spend the next four weeks in these portable houses eating green feed, growing fast and testing out their new feathers, which is lots of fun to watch.
For the next four weeks they are allowed to roam free around Madelaine's family's lawns and exploring her mum's flower garden. Their dogs keep them safe from any predators.
At 10 weeks of age they move into their adult chicken mobile homes. They get to use the perches and practice laying eggs in the nest boxes. They have lots of fun exploring their new 10 hectare paddock. At this age they get so excited to hear the sound of Madelaine arriving on the four wheeler, they run and jump with excitement to greet her!
Madelaine's hens are certified organic with NASAA No. 3531. NASAA is a leading certifying body that makes sure farmers are ethical and looking after their land and animals strictly in the most environmentally sound way, using only organic methods. This guarantees that the customer is buying a truly organic product.
Madelaine hopes you enjoy these ethically produced, delicious and nourishing eggs!
Produced in Victoria, Australia.