Welcome to Jack's Eggs

CHEVIOT

NORTH CANTERBURY

Happy Hens, Healthy Eggs

 

      

  

Jack’s Eggs is a small business run by us, The Venter family. We named it after our son.  Using Regenerative farming techniques we supply farm fresh, premium quality, nutrient dense eggs. Whilst caring for and enhancing our environment.

 

    

We are Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) Accredited

 

WHAT MAKES OUR EGGS SO SPECIAL?

Premium Quality

The yolks of our premium fresh pasture raised eggs are delicious and stand firm and high in their clear viscous egg whites, holding together nicely for frying and make poaching much easier.  

Pasture raised eggs are sought after by those following a Keto, Paleo and vegetarian diet; for both their high nutrient density and commitment to animal and environmental welfare.

This is all possible because hens kept on diverse open pasture are nutritionally and environmentally raised in a way that exclusively confined, grain fed systems 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 WE DO THIS?

Product Integrity and Land Stewardship

We want our children to grow up understanding and knowing where truly nutritious and healthy food comes from, and how it can be produced without damaging the environment. 

We all need to make social, ethical and environmental choices for better food.  We believe the solution is Regenerative Agriculture. It is possible to increase biodiversity, improve soil health, increase the water holding capacity of the land, thereby increasing environmental resilience and at the same time raise high quality, nutrient-dense food, whilst preserving and growing farming communities.

Animals raised in an environment that mimics natural systems and promotes biological functions are an essential part of the food system. Our hens have a special symbiotic relationship with the soil's fertility and the pastures they are raised on.  We believe this to be the most ethical way to produce food.   At all times we strive to be innovative and responsive to new knowledge as we rediscover how to work with nature and not against it. 


HOW DO WE RAISE OUR HENS ON PASTURE?

Land Stewardship and Hen Welfare

We raise our chickens on a pasture and unlimited access to fully balanced chook feed from a local stock food supplier, moving them every couple of days to a fresh pasture.  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, nesting boxes and lights.  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.

 

Raised on Pasture is so much more than "Free Range"

Our chickens are not crowded and are therefore calm and content unlike mostly found in higher populations and densities.  Our hens are stocked at 1/4 of the allowable 2500/ha in a conventional “free range" system.  Pastured chickens get a varied diet of seeds, grass, insects, worms and anything else they can find!  All benefits of a varied diet, sunshine and fresh air to keep them busy, healthy and happy.


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

 

Thank you for helping us to improve our Environment, whilst providing you with Healthy Eggs from our Happy Hens!