Just like humans, hens are happier when they feel safe.
Not only are they happier, they are also healthier because they have lower stress levels.
Our sheds give the hens an opportunity to “sleep easy” knowing they are safe from predators by having a barrier between them and the outdoors.
Equipped with roosting bars, this allows the hens to sit up off the ground.
Height also gives hens a “heightened” feeling off safety as they are away from the clutches of potential predators.
During the day when our hens are outside grazing and flapping their wings, Zig & Zag, our alpacas, keep them safe from potential predators.
You' have to agree that most of us prefer to warm up in the cold of winter and cool down in the heat of summer.
So do hens!
We have state of the art temperature monitoring systems that help us monitor both the indoor & outdoor temperature conditions on our farm.
Inside we can make sure our hens aren’t too cold or too hot!
And for those that are concerned that our hens are cramped when inside, did you know that most often at night, hens huddle together to keep warm?
Hens, like humans, love to snuggle up to one another.
For most of the year in Victoria it gets cool, colder and freezing at nights!
So at night, our hens spend most of their time indoors huddled in groups so they can keep warm.
Of course, on those summer nights that it’s warmer, they will tend to huddle less and we do have plenty of room for them to do that too.
Fun In The Sun
What do most of us crave more than anything in the middle of winter?
You might not know it, but just as much as warmth, our bodies actually crave sunlight, which is usually lacking in winter compared to summer.
One of the major reasons we crave sunlight is because our body needs it for Vitamin D production.
We do get small amounts of Vitamin D from food but not enough.
And just like humans, our hens need Vitamin D from sunlight too.
Vitamin D & in particular, Vitamin D3 is an important nutrient for chickens because it assists them in building strong and healthy bones, it helps chooks with egg production and most importantly, it boosts their spirits!
That’s why each and every day, our hens get out into the paddock and graze, flap their wings and take in a little sun bathing whilst they’re at it.
Healthy & Nutritious Food
How happy, healthy and energetic do you feel when you’re eating great, wholesome food?
I’m talking a healthy, well balanced diet.
Chooks fed good food are happier and healthier too, and…
Although they’re not as fussy as us, we do make sure our chooks are get everything they require in terms of a well balance diet.
So what do we feed our chooks?
We feed our chooks a combination of natural grains, seeds & proteins such as wheat, peas and maize.
And with plenty of time outdoors, our chooks are also free to graze on grass.
I must say our chooks absolutely love fruit & veggie scraps too.
Carrots & cauliflowers would have to be their favourites!