Hi, my name is Madelaine Scott. I started my business "Madelaines Eggs" when i was 8 years old back in 2002. I was home educated in my primary years and with that our lesson revolved around life skills. My parents believed that being able to talk to people and interact with the world was an important skill and from that my business started. Now I am 20 and I have 2,000 NASAA Certified organic laying chicken that roam around the family's 440 acre farm, though our valleys where the sheep graze, behind the cows and in my orchards and veggie garden.
The chickens diet is balanced through wild foraging and Hollyburton’s organic chicken feed that is made and source from a variety of Victorian and NSW grain farmers. The lovey lady's have access to a full day of sunlight, green grass, insects and pasture. Then at night the girls perch in dry, cosy, insulated mobile chook homes that Dad and I built together. These 'chook-mobiles' are moved every day to fresh pasture and any poo the girls release over the night falls through a mesh floor onto the ground helping naturally fertilise the paddock so more grass grows. My Chickens have no added hormones, no antibiotics, no fertilisers or pesticides on the pasture and the grains they eat. There is also no GMO! My Chickens are raised here at Hollyburton farm from 24 hours old. My chickens have private boxes with nesting material to lay their eggs in. My chickens are NEVER picked up by their wings, feet or heads! I hold my chicken with love and let them follow me around. I ensure my chickens are the happiest I know of!
I hope you enjoy these ethically producing, delicious and nourishing eggs! Thank you Madelaine
Facts about free-range, pasture fed and pasture raised eggs.
Most free-range and pasture fed farms buy their birds in at 15 weeks of age.This means they have been raised in cages or barns for the first 15 weeks of their life. And because they have been raised in a cage and or barn they often have their becks trimmed. This makes it hard for the chickens to properly clean their feathers.
Cage/barn/free-range birds are fed 'conventional' feed, this means the grains that they eat have been farmed with fertilisers, pesticides, and could be GMO, plus the feed could have antibiotics and hormones added. This could come through in the eggs onto your plate.
Free-range farmers/ pasture fed farmers can have up to 10,000 birds per hectare and never have to move them off that ground! So just imagine the amount of feces built up.
Also, did you know privacy is actually very important to a hens well being? Yet some farmers only provide their chickens with metal nest boxes with no nesting material and with no privacy?
Most farmers routinely add artificial colouring to the diet so the eggs are bright yellow; normally the natural colour comes healthily only from grass or flowers.
Organic farming provides long-term benefits to people and the environment.
Organic farming aims to:
Increase long-term soil fertility.
Control pests and diseases without harming the environment.
Ensure that water sources stay clean and safe.
Use resources which the farmer already has, so the farmer needs less money to buy agricultural expenses.
Produce naturally nutritious food, feed for animals and high quality crops to sell at a good price.
Modern, industrial, intensive agricultural practices causes many problems, including the following:
Artificial fertilisers and herbicides are easily washed from the soil and pollute rivers, lakes and water courses. Only to build up dangerously in sediment areas.
The prolonged use of artificial fertilisers results in usually precious topsoils with a low organic matter content which is easily eroded by wind and rain, contributing to eventual desertification.
Due to a dependency on chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Greater amounts are needed every year to produce the same yields of crops.
Artificial pesticides ca
The life of Madelaine's chickens - why the eggs taste so good
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. 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. I would recommend anyone who wants to start organic farming to contact NASAA as they have some great advise on where and how to start.