Q: How do I know if the eggs are really free range? A: Free range egg producers are audited annually and certified by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority to ensure farming and production methods are followed correctly. Furthermore, the farmers who supply Craft Farmers’ Co-op are some of the most passionately free range egg producers in New Zealand – they choose to be free range producers, because that’s the only option that fits with their farming philosophy.
Q: What does “free range” mean? A: It all hinges around the word “free”. Free range hens are free to choose how they spend their days: indoors, outdoors, or somewhere in between. Outdoors, they can forage for insects and worms, dust bathe and interact with other hens. Or they can choose to be indoors, in the laying shed, where the perches and nesting boxes are housed. Free Range farmers also provide hens with a “winter/summer” garden area.
Q: How do I know Craft Farmers’ Co-op eggs are fresh? A: Supplying fresh eggs is one of the key values behind Craft Farmers’ Co-op. The farmers know how much better a fresh free range egg tastes – and they want their customers to experience that freshness too. Farmers and their teams collect eggs from the nesting boxes twice daily.
Q: What do free range hens eat? A: Because Craft Farmers’ Co-op eggs come from privately-owned, independent farmers, the hens on each farm eat a slightly different mix of feeds. However, broadly speaking, the hens’ access to the outdoors means they eat a natural and varied diet – insects, pea straw, plants, grains and legumes. They are also fed high-quality supplementary feed – tailored to the hens’ age and requirements – to ensure a balanced supply of protein and minerals. Fresh water is always available.