Our Laying Hens
Our hens are fed the best quality feed available. The feed is ALL NATURAL ingredients and is a mixture of many different products such as wheat, soy and calcium. We have a Nutritionist to specifically formulate the food for our hens so they receive the BEST FOOD AVAILABLE.
For people who would like to own hens as pets, we recommend hens that have just finished or are just finishing their first cycle. They are not as expensive as hens that are at point of lay which are mainly used for the commercial industry and you do not have to pay commercial costs associated with them.
The reason the “pullets” are so expensive is because of the costs associated with rearing chicks from birth to point of lay (normally around 18-20 weeks of age). These costs are such things as the feed, water, the labour and electricity for the upkeep of their home and the vaccinations. As the hens are not at the point of maturity to be able to lay eggs, it is most important that these associated costs will need to be recovered by the farmer.
Generally speaking, hens just finishing their first cycle have had the commercial cost already absorbed over this first lay period which is why the hens can be discounted considerably.
Over the years we have found most people prefer larger eggs when it comes to home use. As a hen starts her second cycle we have found she will lay, she will almost always larger eggs straight away which works out good for most people who want hens as pets as well.
Most people who purchase hens from us have said that their hens have continued productively for at least another few years at a minimum when they have treated them appropriately. We have had a storey from a lady that had a hen that was 15years old and she said she was still getting 1 egg a year from this hen! Of course we do not know the accuracy of this storey but generally speaking if you treat them well, you should have at least a few more years of productive egg laying from the hens we sell. This is dependant on the egg laying temperature (our hens live in fully air-conditioned homes), the correct food ration (we give our hens the BEST food on the market), the water quality (we give our hens scheme water) and weather it is stress free living or at a minimum level (we limit our hen hierarchy to prevent in breed fighting leading to death).
There is an old saying that if you look after the hens you should receive eggs as a bonus. We have been told that hens are the only animal you can not mistreat to be able to receive fresh produce.
If ever we have any concerns about our hens, we will obtain expert Veterinary advice. In this way, our hens have the BEST way possible which is what we hope ALL people do if owning a pet such as a hen.
There are many other factors that you should take into consideration when it comes to looking after hens and it is becoming more and more prevalent to limit potential disease factors. In saying this, if you EVER have any concerns about your hens, It is most important that you seek veterinary advice to look after them correctly.