Welcome to Jack's Eggs

CHEVIOT

NORTH CANTERBURY

Happy hens, healthy food, better soils

 

      

 

 

Jack’s Eggs is a small family run business, named after our son. We use Regenerative farming techniques best suited to land and animal management.
We supply premium quality, nutrient dense eggs for your daily protein whilst improving soil quality.


WE ARE MINISTRY OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES (MPI) REGISTERED AND AUDITED  

 

 

Where can you get Jack's Eggs?

HARRIS MEATS BUTCHERY AND DELICATESSEN CHEVIOT

M&M TAKEAWAYS CHEVIOT

THE PADDOCK CAFE CHEVIOT

AMBERLEY FARMER'S MARKET

 

We are developing our networks all the time. Please send us an email from the contact form via this website, or contact us on our Facebook page. We are based in Cheviot, North Canterbury and distribute across the region. We also distribute through Vege box schemes so please do get in touch to see how we can help.

Jack’s Eggs deliver to Restaurants, Cafés and retailer’s every week on Fridays. We will do our best to accommodate you in between.

WE CAN SUPPLY
Individual boxes of a dozen
Boxes of 15 dozen
Trays of 30s (unwrapped)
Boxes of 7 trays x 30s (unwrapped)

Workplace deliveries to Christchurch or on route from Cheviot, with a minimum order of 15 dozen

 

 

What makes Jack’s Eggs so special?

PREMIUM QUALITY

The yolks of our pasture raised eggs are delicious and impressive. They stand firm and high in their clear viscous egg whites. The feedback from chefs is that our eggs hold together nicely for frying and make poaching much easier. Our eggs have strong shells too, making them a pleasure to cook with and result in less waste.

Pasture raised eggs are sought after by those following a Keto diet, Paleo diets and Vegetarians alike, for both their high nutrient density and our commitment to the best animal welfare standards.

This is all possible because hens kept on diverse pasture diet are nutritionally supported in a way that exclusive grain feeding cannot mimic. More on this here:

Article Reference: Mother Earth News: Meet Real Free-Range Eggs, October/November 2007 by Cheryl Long and Tabitha Alterman.

 

Why do we do, what we do?

PRODUCT INTEGRITY & LAND STEWARDSHIP

We have two children and we want them to live in a better world that is both healthier and sustainable. It’s difficult to separate our WHY from our HOW, as you will see below we take a holistic approach and all our motives are interconnected.

We all need to make Social, Nutritional, Ethical and Environment choices for better protein. We believe the solution is Regenerative Agriculture. It is possible to increase biodiversity, improve soil health, increase the water holding capacity of the land and at the same time raise high quality, nutrient-dense protein, whilst preserving family farming communities.

Our methods regenerate the environment. The hens scratch at the ground and leave their “droppings” naturally fertilizing the soil. With global phosphate shortages looming, diversity on farms with multi-species on pasture can mitigate this problem and the environmental costs of synthetic alternatives.

Animals are an essential part of the food system because of the special symbiotic relationship they have to our soil's fertility and the plants that grow on them. We believe this to be the most ethical way to produce food. Our techniques support the hen’s natural diet, which includes insects and fresh grass. We strive to be innovative and responsive to new knowledge as we rediscover how to work with nature. 


How do we Pasture Raise our Hens?

LAND STEWARDSHIP & HEN WELFARE

We raise our chickens on a pasture and a fully balanced chook feed from a local stock food supplier, moving them every couple of days to a fresh patch. Our chicken coops are on wheels, with dedicated boxes for daytime egg laying, and roosting perches for night time rest.

The outside of the hen’s pasture is surrounded by a solar powered electric fence which protects the chickens from predators. We even have solar powered doors. It’s really fun to see the chickens put themselves to bed. They share the pasture with sheep and cattle that graze first, and then the chickens follow, scratching through manure to find any worms, fly larvae, grass and grubs, keeping our population of parasites and flies to minimum and dispersing valuable nutrients evenly. They simply flourish on this well rounded omnivore diet. Rotating our chickens to fresh pasture so frequently means there is never a toxic buildup of waste. It is our flock’s mobility that prevents this.

 

PASTURE RAISED IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST FREE RANGE

Our chickens are not crowded and are therefore calm and content. The hens are not stressed like those found in high populations and small spaces. Our hens are stocked at 100-150/ha vs the allowable 2500/ha in a conventional “free range system”. This is important because in confined chickens, feather-pulling and pecking can occur when chickens are in close quarters. Pastured chickens get a variety of seeds, grass, insects, and worms they have even been known to eat rodents. They love this omnivore diet and all benefits of sunshine and fresh air to keep them in top health.

It is important to know how the eggs you eat are produced. There are lots of different ways to raise chickens and some of the terms can be confusing to the public. The typical eggs sold as barn raised come from chickens raised in cramped spaces and usually given antibiotics as routine. Conditions are stressful, cramped, and the air in these facilities is thick with dust and ammonia. Vast numbers of confined chickens pollute the air, water and soil with the large amounts of waste produced.

“Cage Free” or just “Free Range” doesn’t really mean much in most cases. These chickens simply are not in small cages but are typically raised indoors in very crowded conditions. Also there is no guarantee they have ever foraged outside with grass to eat, many never make through the doors. In total contrast to our philosophy and practice, many egg producers will show you the outside of their operations but not the cramped indoor conditions. We are transparent about both and would love to show you around.

Our methods may be innovative now but we would love all eggs to be produced this way. Come and see us to find out how. Jack’s Eggs is active on Instagram and YouTube so take a look. Please get in touch to arrange a visit.


Reference 1 U.S. Department of Agriculture; Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms; April 2011

 

Thank you for helping us to improve our soils, whilst providing you with healthy eggs from our Happy Hens!