Given the outlook across the Exe Valley from their free range pasture we think our hens have one of the best views in the South West. But they also have some of the very best reasons for going out and enjoying it.
We were one of the first farms to recognise the benefits of providing hens with overhead outdoor cover which gives them the confidence to range more freely. This gives them not only a healthier lifestyle but a chance to enrich their diet from natural pasture.
We initially planted over 5,000 trees and the immediate success of our project was such that it led to the creation of a specific brand of Woodland Eggs now sold by a major supermarket. As the cover develops over the years we are constantly thinning and replacing trees with native species including oak, beech, ash, and birch.
When the hens do go indoors they have the best of feed and facilities including large, straw-strewn scratch areas where they can continue to do what hens like best. They live in five separate flocks spread across the farm which also encourages them to enjoy the natural life. In fact we believe our hens have it all. Which is why they lay such Exe-cellent eggs!