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What makes happy egg girls happy?

There are free range farms, and then there are happy egg co. free range farms.

We’re very picky about which farms we select to become part of the happy egg co. family - basing our decisions on the environment provided for the hens, as well as how passionate each farmer is about hen welfare.

Our ranges of lush greenery are packed with activity kits, trees, dustbaths, and anything else it takes to keep our girls happy. We truly believe that our farms are like no other, and the girls seem to agree! To ensure the farms remain truly happy places, we visit each of them monthly, making sure everything is as it should be - and checking the girls are on top form.

happy egg co. hens get to enjoy the freedom they deserve every day, whether they’re out shaking their tail feathers, taking flying lessons, or just catching up on last night’s soaps - and because of this, they lay the tastiest eggs. Good job, girls!

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How many eggs does a hen lay per day?

On average, hens lay one egg every 24-26 hours.

What do hens do when they are not laying eggs?

Our girls are always keeping themselves busy. Outside on the range, they spend their days bathing in the sandpits, playing on our activity kits, or foraging in the foliage as they would do in the wild. For more detailed information about the environment we provide for our girls, see our hen welfare page.

How many hens do you have?

We currently have just over 100 happy egg co. farms across England, Wales and Scotland. The size of flocks on the farms can vary quite a bit, but they’re normally around 4000 - ensuring every girl has lots of space to roam!

How long can a hen live for?

Hens usually live for between 5 and 11 years, depending on their breed. The oldest hen on record lived to be a whopping 16 years old!

How many feathers does a hen have?

On average, hens have about 2000 feathers, but this varies between breeds.

How tall can a hen get?

Most hens will grow to be between 25.4cm and 38.1cm.

What is the wingspan of a hen?

The average wingspan of a hen is 76cm.

Do you have any interesting hen facts?

Indeed we do! Here’s a select few:

Hens lay an egg every 24-26 hours.

That means they’ll lay up to 325 eggs a year.

A hen can run at up to 9mph.

When laid, a hen’s egg is a piping hot 40° Celsius.

Hens love taking a dust bath - and often spend hours laying in them.

What are the platinum and gold standards mentioned on your pack?

All our farms are approved by both the Lion Standard and the Freedom Food standard. Both of these codes of practice are independently audited, and you can find summaries of them here:

Lion

Freedom Food

We also have our own happy egg co. standard, which includes farm standards and animal welfare specifications.

First, we send a dedicated field team to carry out audits on farms we work with, using a uniform standard system. Depending on how the farms score on these audits, they’re then graded bronze, silver, gold or platinum. Only the farms that achieve gold and platinum are chosen to become happy egg co. farms.

What is a double yolk?

Double yolks normally come from young hens who are just coming into lay. When the hens first come into lay, their ovaries are not fully developed - and due to a hormone imbalance, they have several yolk follicles maturing at the same time. This releases several yolks into the egg laying channel, before they’re enclosed in the egg albumen and shell. After a couple of weeks, the girls egg-laying system settles down, and they’ll usually stop laying double yolks.

Double yolks are perfectly safe to eat, and are pretty rare amongst our girls - so if you get one, consider yourself lucky!

What is the daily routine of your hens?

Our girls are all looked after by dedicated happy egg co. farmers, who work hard to make sure they’re always happy.

Our farmers open the peepholes to the henhouses first thing in the morning when the sun comes up - usually between 7am and 8am, depending on the time of year. The girls are then free to range, play and forage all day outdoors - until dusk, when they begin to make their way back to the safety of their henhouses. This will be around 4pm during the winter months and as late as 11pm in summer.

The farmers then ensure they’re all safely tucked up by nightfall - making sure they roost on the plastic slatted area within the henhouse, safe from any predators.

What is the timescale of my eggs from lay to packing to supermarket?

Stringent measures are taken to make sure that eggs are collected, stored and handled in a way that ensures maximum quality and freshness. Under the Lion Code, eggs have a total life of 28 days from the day they are laid. We pack the eggs no later than 6 days from lay but in most cases, it’s no more than 3 days. The Best Before date on our eggs is typically 21 days after the day that they’re packed.

Can I bring my school class to your farm?

None of our happy egg co. farms are currently open to the public - but it is something that we’re currently organising. Once we’ve done this, we’ll let everyone know right here on our website, so keep an eye out! Alternatively, you can leave your contact details with us, and we’ll make sure we contact you as soon as the farms are open for visitors.

Can I visit your farm?

Although our inquisitive girls love people coming to visit them, we’re unable to fulfil every request.

We have over a hundred happy egg co. farms, all run by dedicated, caring farmers. In every case, the farm is a commercial business and in many cases, it’s the family home of the farmer too. Therefore, we can’t expect our farmers to host visitors - as their number one priority is always the girls.

We also have stringent rules regarding avian flu protection, and limit visitors to a minimum where possible - ensuring that the health of our happy hens is never compromised. We’re currently looking into opening up our farms on an occasional basis, so keep checking the website for more information or get in touch with us here.

Do you comply with egg marketing regulations?

We fully comply with egg marketing regulations, as set by DEFRA. All of our packing centres are registered with DEFRA (Animal Health), and are independently audited on a regular basis.