As consumer needs continue to drive the growth in free range eggs, pullets have to be more robust and resilient than ever before.
Average of 33g over breed standard and 90% evenness in 2017
In our experience we have seen that good evenness and bodyweights have led to improved production and persistancy through lay. It also means the birds are more likely to be able to withstand challenges and exceed breed standards in terms of eggs produced per hen housed.
Tiered rearing system
Our birds are reared on a bespoke ‘Jump Start’ system that we have developed in conjunction with industry experts. The 'Jump Start' system encourages the birds to jump up to higher levels to access food and water and equips them with the skills to make an easy transition to multi- tiered laying systems. This means birds settle in to the laying house quicker than if brids had been floor reared- gaining bodyweight quicker and therefore meaning we can light the birds up earlier and still attain the large egg. We also have an aviary rearing system which makes transition to the laying shed even more seamless.
Single age sites
On the advice of our veterinary surgeon, all of the birds on our sites are hatched within 10 days of each other. This helps to maintain high levels of biosecurity and reduces the potential risk of cross contamination and infection that could occur between birds of varying ages.