A letter from Anna Craig of Bowalley Free Range farm
At Bowalley Free Range, we use several modern, more sustainable farming practices through a ‘closed-loop’ operations model. We are committed to this way of farming and are continually researching and developing more sustainable activities that we can implement at Bowalley Free Range. Our farming model is something we have worked hard on for several years and pride ourselves on. You might recognise it on our packaging explained in a simple way; ‘We grow the grain, that feeds the hens, that lay the eggs fresh for you’.
We like to get to know our customers and are proud to provide a unique paddock to plate experience. A key part of providing transparency to our customers is by providing a live video feed where everyone can watch our happy and healthy hens go about their daily activities.
We are open to collaborations, sharing our story and showing our customers how we take care of our hens. We pride ourselves in providing high standards of care for our chickens from day one.
We invite you to look around our website and follow us on social media, so we can share our story with you.
When you look at our live feed, you’ll see our chooks going about their day.
The live feed has three views. Here’s a rundown of each view and what our chickens like to get up to in their day:
1. Inside the shed: The view of inside the shed is displayed when the birds are laying their eggs in the morning or in the evenings when they are sleeping.
2. The scratch area: In extreme weather conditions the scratch area is displayed where the birds are on the ground but in a covered area of the sheds (also known as the winter garden)
3. Range: The range is where the birds generally spend a lot of their time during the day. Chickens favour still weather when it is slightly overcast. Like us, they prefer to stay indoors during the summer in the peak of the day because it is cooler in the shed than outside and shelter inside during winter from the cold or rain. Usually in the evenings when it cools enough, they will come outside and enjoy roaming around. There is also a rock area at each shed that is fenced off. If the weather has been poor and the grass is wet, the birds will be kept on the rock area as a way to preserve the environment they roam in (otherwise when the ground is wet, they would make a mess of it by scratching it up in the mud). You may also see sheep in the range area (they are on a regular rotation of all the paddocks). The sheep are used as a natural method of pasture management and actually encourage the chickens to go outside. By having another species in the range area, the chickens are more relaxed and willing to explore further into the paddocks.
Whether you like it fried, boiled or scrambled, each egg produced by Bowalley Free Range is hand-packed, checked and wrapped, ensuring its integrity. We enjoy providing you with fresh, healthy, tasty eggs.