My Chickens

Chickens that roam free eat natural live wild all day, everyday.

A little bit about the life of Madelaine’s organic and pasture-raised chickens – and why their eggs taste so good.

My chickens come to that farm at 24 hours old. Once they reach 2 weeks they graze freely and are moved in their mobile perches every 3-4 days to fresh pasture. Three Maremma dogs provide the chickens protection to enjoy plenty of space with only 400 hens per hectare. Compare that to the average ‘free range’ farm with up to 10,000 hens per hectare!

We promise our customers an ethical and sustainable product – that is why my chickens and eggs are NASAA certified organic from day one (Certification No. 3531).

My hens are certified organic with NASAA No. 3531. NASAA is a leading certifying body that makes sure farmers are ethical and looking after their land and animals strictly in the most environmentally sound way, using only organic methods. This guarantees that the customer is buying a truly organic product.

Barn Raised

Free Range

Madelaine's Eggs

Ability to perch

Free to roam

Grazed on fresh pasture

No debeaking

No antibiotics

No artificial additives

Certified Organic

How my chickens are raised

From 24 hours old the fluffy chicks start their life with me at Hollyburton farm. They are kept warm and dry under heat lamps, with fresh water and delicious organic food to eat.

At fourteen days they venture out onto my green pastures in little mobile houses that are moved daily. These comfortable houses still have heat lamps and little perches so they can learn to fly and scratch. They spend the next four weeks in these portable houses eating green feed and growing fast and testing out their new feathers, which is lots of fun to watch.

For the next four weeks, they are allowed to roam free around my family’s lawns and exploring mum’s flower garden. My dogs keep them safe from predators.

At 10 weeks of age, they move into their adult chicken mobile homes. They get to use the perches and practice laying eggs in the nest boxes. They have lots of fun exploring their new 10-hectare paddock. At this age they get so excited to hear the sound of me come on the four-wheeler, they run and jump with excitement to greet me.