Where Do The Chickens Sleep?
While not a single hen is housed in a building, let alone a cage, they do spend their days roaming the orchards and nights in their ‘egg mobiles’.
The egg mobiles are movable caravans, specifically built for the chickens (a.k.a roosting caravans). They are rotated 365 days a year, never staying in one area of the orchard for more than one week. This means that the hens don’t overgraze the pastures and they rotate through the citrus orchard turning the soil and fertilising it naturally.
Did you know that if a hen does not have somewhere to perch, she won’t have a good night’s sleep and good rest?!
“On average there are 300 chickens per egg mobile, which also serves to protect them from predators. Each egg mobile is insulated and has roosting perches in them. This allows hens to perch on the roosts safely and lay their eggs. This is extremely important as a hen needs somewhere to perch – if she does not, she won’t have a good nights sleep,” says Ferreira.
“As soon as the sun sets, the hens naturally go into their egg mobile and as soon as the sun rises, the egg mobiles are opened and the hens are free to roam around the citrus orchards, enjoying the sun, insects, pastures, and non-GMO feed.”
Did you know that a hen needs 15 hours of daylight to produce an egg?
As hens need 15 hours of daylight to produce an egg, each egg mobile is fitted with solar panels which are used in Winter – two hours of light is added in morning and night as the chickens perch, to create 15 hours of daylight for the chicken.
“We’re happy that we can deliver a product to Food Lover’s Market that is sustainable, environmentally responsible, and with fantastic health benefits for the consumer. It’s important to demonstrate that you can farm sustainably on such a scale. It’s possible, and for the sake of the environment, animals and human health, you have to do it.” – Eddie Ferreira