Our chickens are sourced from Bonds Enterprises located in the Lockyer Valley, who have been breeding healthy and productive breeds from Australian birds for over 30 years. We started with 450 brown layers, which are a Rhode Island Red Cockeral over Rhode Island White Hen. In May 2018 we introduced 200 black layers, which are a Rhode Island Red Cockeral over Australorpe Hen. We are constantly entertained by how different the two breeds' personalities are.
As well as being moved to fresh pastures regularly, the chickens are fed a certified organic seed blend from Country Heritage Feeds located in Pittsworth, Queensland. We are very happy to be offering them organic vegetable scraps supplied to us by Fresh Box Organics, who distribute organic produce from farmers all over the Sunshine Coast. As an extra protein treat we also source organic meat meal from Sunshine Coast Organic Meats. Water is sourced from our onsite dam and checked daily, and even runs through a filter to ensure its freshness.
To maintain the health of our flocks we provide diatomaceous earth baths for a natural lice and mite treatment, a plentiful supply of shellgrit, and we use an apple cider vinegar/garlic supplement in their water on the full moon for natural worm prevention.
The chickens and their vans are all within portable electric fences to keep them safe from predators. The vans and nest boxes are regularly cleaned with high pressure cleaners.
As you can see, we put a lot of time and energy into the health and well being of our chickens, but you don't need to take our word for it - just taste their eggs!