Canberra region's free range chickens have the roomiest lifestyles Long Paddock eggs co owner Amanda cheap oakley eyeglasses Mutton said her chooks had full use of open fields and each flock was protected by a pair of maremmadogs.
The farm hasa mix of isa browns and lohmannschooksin five mobilesheds on the property, which are moved to new ground every two days to promote soil health. "You don't move the shed any more than a shed's length," she said. "We www oakley com usa run a few head cheap oakley sunglasses online of cattle too. We would neverhave been able to have a crop on here until we had the chooks." While the system createdgood soil, delicious eggs and happy hens,Ms Mutton said it was a constant challenge to make it all work financially. "With free range you have to contend with the elements, winter and summer the chooks are out from 5am to 5pm," she said. "They are never closed up and have the whole paddock. But ifan eagle flies over and scares the chooks they may not lay for a week." The high quality eggs are used at manyCanberra restaurants, sold atIGA and Supa Barn stores and various farmers markets. Some customers love the natural variance in the eggs and being surprised with a double yolker. However,Ms Mutton said the biggest oakley sunglasses white challenge for the small scale producer was managing natural fluctuations in egg size and meeting wholesale customer preferences. "We have five or six thousand chooks, so for us to have the consistency the bigger places have is hard," she said. Each day there were smaller pullet eggs fromfrom hens just getting the hang of laying, and almost a dozen doubleyolkersmostly from more maturehens. "Sometimes you will get lots of 700g eggs, when the restaurants want 600g.
At the moment we are getting lots of 800g and not 700g," she said. "But youget what you get." Under clear skies Long Paddockchooks fossick for worms, scratch around below established gum treesand livewithout fear of foxes thanks to their fluffy, whiteprotectors.
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