Hens are naturally inquisitive animals, and they love spending their days rummaging around in treelines and hedgerows – after all, their ancestors did live in the jungle! So we have a golden rule on every happy egg farm – at least 20% of every range must have trees planted on it. Our farmers also deliberately place fallen trees on their side so the girls can clamber up and have a private chat. Tree-mendous!
Free-range happy egg farms, where hen welfare comes first
For us, hen welfare is about more than just giving our girls room to roam (although all of our farms go above and beyond RSPCA free-range Freedom Food standards). It's about doing everything we possibly can to make sure they have happier lives. Want to know how we do things differently for our girls? Let's take a look...
Our girls are natural-born roamers and they love to travel far and wide, so we give them the space they need to do just that. They spend their days outside in the fresh air, pecking at anything and everything, flapping their feathers and enjoying time with their flock.
Hens are happiest doing what comes naturally – and that’s exactly what our activity kits are designed for. They’re dotted around the ranges on our free-range farms, and throughout the day you’ll always see the girls perching, sheltering or just having a catch-up on them.
Believe it or not, hens actually use dust to clean themselves. So, as well as perching towers, our activity kits include specially designed baths, full of lots of lovely dust and sand for our girls to preen themselves in. They love flapping about in them, having a chat and putting the world to rights.
When it comes to the farms we work with, we’re very picky and we only ever choose free-range farmers who are as committed to hen welfare as we are. The best farmers have their own quirky ways of keeping the girls happy – early morning walks on the range, singing in the henhouse, and even employing a bunch of alpacas to ward off pesky foxes. The farmers you see in our adverts are all real happy egg farmers too – because we like to show off our superstars!