Welcome to Jack's Eggs

Pasture raised hens producing top quality eggs

 

 

 

      

 

 

Jack’s Eggs is a small family run business, named after our son. We use natural farming techniques best suited to land and animal management.

Our aim is to supply the best quality, healthy eggs for your daily protein while improving soil quality.

 

How can you get our eggs

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.
We 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 cartons of 1dozen

Trays of 30s (unwrapped)

Boxes of 7 trays x 30s (Unwrapped)

Boxes of 15 dozen

 

 

What makes our eggs special?

The yolk of a pasture raised egg is delicious and impressive. It stands firm and high in the viscous clear egg white. Our eggs hold together nicely for frying and make poaching much easier.

Eggs produced by pasture raised hens can have a higher Nutrient Content too! According to a study done in 2007 by Mother Earth News which tested 14 pastured flocks and compared it to the United States Department of Agriculture’s “conventional” eggs, eggs laid by hens on pasture can contain on average:

2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E and 7 times more beta carotene. Other studies mentioned in the Mother Earth article show up 13 times higher omega-3 fatty acid ratio, 50 percent more folic acid, and 70 percent more vitamin B12. This is all possible because hens kept on diverse pasture diet are nutritionally supported in a way that exclusive grain feeding cannot mimic.

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?

We have two children we want them to live in a better world that is both healthier and more sustainable. 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, while preserving family farming communities.

We feel intuitively this is better for the Environment. As the birds are scratching at the ground and leaving their “droppings” the soil is naturally fertilized. Global phosphate shortages are 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. We believe this to be the most ethical way to produce food. Our techniques support the hen’s natural diet, which includes fresh bugs and greens. We strive to be innovative and responsive to new knowledge as we rediscover how to work with nature not against it. Our chickens are not crowded so less “arguing” occurs. 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, worms and have even been known to eat mice. They love this omnivore diet and all benefits of sunshine and fresh air to keep them in top health.

 

How do we Pasture Raise our Hens?

We raise our chickens on a grass and a fully balanced chook feed from a local stock food supplier, rotating them every couple of days to fresh pasture. We have chicken coops on wheels, which have dedicated boxes for daytime egg laying, and roosting perches for night time rest. The laying boxes have removable mats we can take out and wash off.

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 that open and close at a preset time. 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 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. We are 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