Welcome to Jack's Eggs

CHEVIOT
NORTH CANTERBURY

Healthy Hens, Nutritious Eggs, Fertile Soils

 

      

  

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

 

  

WHAT MAKES OUR EGGS SO SPECIAL?

The yolks of our premium fresh pasture 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 eggs are sought after by those following Keto and Vegetarian diets; for both their high nutrient density and our 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 confined, exclusively 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.

 

 

 

OUR WHY?

Jack originally raised hens for eggs with his dad Kobus, as a hobby. We were eager for our children to understand and know where truly nutritious and healthy food comes from. It was so exciting to see the positive environmental impact, we scaled up our project to be able sell our eggs. Anna our daughter, loves to collect the eggs and help with grading too.

It is important to us, to make social, ethical and environmental choices for better food.  The solution to all of our concerns 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. Growing links within our farming community is essential and and forging a link directly with our customers is very rewarding for our family.

Seeing animals raised first hand, in an environment that mimics natural systems and promotes biological functions as an essential part of the food system, has been a huge paradigm shift for us. 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. We are excited to share our discoveries with you! 

 

 

HOW DO WE RAISE OUR HENS ON PASTURE?

We raise our chickens on open pasture with unlimited access to fully balanced feed from a local stock food supplier. 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.

Producing eggs with hens 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 a density four times less than the allowable 2500/ha in a conventional "free range" systems.  Pastured chickens get a varied diet of seeds, grass, insects, worms and anything else they can find. All the benefits of a varied diet, sunshine and fresh air 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 nutritious eggs from our healthy hens!