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The Organic Egg Difference

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 | Shane Heaton

We Aussies love our eggs. Australian farmers produce around 5 billion eggs a year, but… shockingly… about half of these are from caged hens.

Caged egg production

Shoppers are starting to move away from caged eggs, which has brought about new classifications in the big supermarkets such as “Cage-Free” and “Free-Range”. However there is varying ideas as to what these terms mean and no solid definitive national standard being enforced – Free Range production allows 10,000 birds per hectare as an acceptable level. (1 hen per square metre)

The Certified Organic Difference

Regulations for Certified Organically produced eggs:

The forage pastures must be free of chemical sprays and pesticides and the drinking water must be fresh and clean.
No synthetic additives are used on hens producing organic eggs.
Outdoor pastures must be stocked at no more than 1,500 birds per hectare. Thats 1 bird per 6 square metres.
Yearly independent audits are conducted to ensure all regulations are being followed.
Grain feed must be certified organic with no pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics or hormones added.
No de-beaking.

Our Certified Organic Eggs

Follows or exceed all of the certified organic regulations.
Is produced by the Inwood family in Boodua, just west of Toowoomba
Naturally forage food and are fed certified organic grains (grown and produced on site)
Are free to roam certified organic pastures during daylight
Lay their eggs in straw filled nests, eggs hand collected twice daily
Free from pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and hormones
Bird Density inside barn – maximum 5 birds per 1m2
Bird Density in forage pasture – maximum 1 bird per 6m2

So you can rest assured that the eggs you buy from us are produced by a passionate and caring family, from happy well loved hens. Read more about the Inwoods and see pictures from their farm on our ‘Meet the Farmers’ page.

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