Q. How Many laying Hens do you run? A. 4000 and 1000 replacement pullets.
Q. What density do you stock your hens? A. 125 hens/ha to maintain ground cover at all times
Q. What breed are your hens? A. The hens are Hy-Line Brown
Q. Do you raise your own chickens? A. Our chickens are flown in from Victoria at day old.
This guarantees the chickens only receive certified feed.
Q. How often do you get chickens? A. Twice a year.
Q. How long do you keep your hens? A. Two laying cycles approx. 30 months
Q. What do you do with the hens once the have finished laying? A. Turn them into compost for use on the farm.
Q. How many hens are in a shed? A. 1000 per shed.
Q. What do you feed them? A. They are fed a mixture of grains along with the available pasture.
Q. What grain are fed? A. Wheat, Oats, Barley and Peas.
Q. Where do you source the grain? A. We grow as much as we can ourselves.
The remainder is sourced from other certified growers.
Q. Why does the yolk colour vary? A. The yolk colour varies seasonally due to the amount of green feed that is available.
Q. What breed of dogs do you run with the hens? A. Maremma. An Italian breed that bond with the hens as puppies from 8 weeks of age. They were bred to protect sheep from wolves.
Q. Why do you keep Maremmas? A. To protect the hens from Wedge Tailed Eagles and Feral Cats.
Q. Do you have any other livestock. A. We have 1500 Dorper Sheep and 40 head of Beef Cattle
About Katham Springs
What it takes to put our eggs on your plate.. Chickens are purchased at day old, this guarantees that the only feed they ever consume is certified Demeter Bio-Dynamic. They are flown to Kangaroo Island, picked up at the airport and taken home to a brooding shed where they are kept warm for 4 weeks until they are fully feathered. Once feathered, they are let outside to roam during the day under our netted orchard. At about 9 weeks of age they are taken out into a 20acre paddock where they are free to roam guarded by our Maremma Guardian dogs. The Guardian dogs keep predators e.g. Wedged Tailed Eagles and Feral Cats away from the chooks and remain in the paddock with the chooks at all times. At about 12 weeks the pullets are moved to their laying shed, which contains perches and rollaway nest boxes, they will start to lay eggs at 18- 20 weeks of age. The chooks eat a mixed grain ration and what ever they can forage in the paddock. Grain is grown on our property. The grains are milled once a week and fed to the chooks in feeders. Rainwater is pumped into tanks and attached to a nipple drinking system, which allows the water to be clean at all times. The laying shed, feeders and watering system are moved twice a week about 30m onto clean fresh pasture. Eggs are collected daily 365 days of the year and taken to the packing shed. The next process is washing which is used to remove any dirty marks from the egg shell, then onto the grading machine where the eggs are inspected for any cracks or deformities which are removed. Eggs are stamped using a food grade ink with our identifying mark (a chook with KS on its wing) to prove that the eggs are produced on our farm under Bio-Dynamic standards. The eggs are then weighed, packed into cartons and then boxes of 15 dozen and kept in cool storage until distribution. Eggs are loaded into a refrigerated truck, on the ferry and delivered to a cold distribution business where they are then delivered to the shops ready for you to purchase and consume.