Finding who sells free range eggs and chickens, and where to buy organic eggs can be difficult. Usually the growers of free range chickens, eggs and beef are smaller farmers scattered around South Africa. Much of the production is bought up by the larger super market chains, and by small local restaurants and bed and breakfast accommodation. Below you will find a list of small producers of free range and organic products.
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Doornrandje (20 minutes from 4 Ways)
Free range eggs
The way this egg farm works is quite unique – if you need eggs on a regular basis the farmer will place a batch of hens specifically for you. So if you need 10 trays of 30 eggs every week (300 eggs per week), the chicken farmer buys 50 point of lay hens and the eggs that those chickens produce will be yours. You will be committed to taking those eggs every week throughout the year. Once the chickens begin to stop laying you will have the option to ask for another 50 hens to be place for the next 60 weeks (a good laying hen will lay productively for 60 weeks and then they start to lay less and less). This method ensures you get fresh eggs every week in the quantities you need. You will need to wait about 6 weeks for the process to begin and for your hens to start laying eggs. You will be allowed to visit the farm and check on your chickens – in this way you can promise your customers that your eggs are indeed free range, and are being treated accordingly.
If you are looking for only a tray or 2 the best is to visit the Organic Market in Bryanston – here you can buy small quantities of fresh, free range eggs on a Thursday or Saturday form 9am – 3pm. The Organic Market also sells a wide range of other fresh produce – much of it organic.
Free range eggs in the Orange Free State
Organic and free range products:
Nguni veld fed beef and skins
Free range eggs and chickens
Free range eggs and organic eggs – with so many labels on eggs today it is unsurprising that the public is confused. This includes such labels as “grain fed”, “Barn raised” etc. – do not be misled – these are not free range and not organic. These chickens are still kept in closed, cramped houses and are fed a cocktail of drugs. The best way to see if you are getting what is being sold is to visit the farm and see for yourself. Large production chicken farms will not let you visit – and you can be sure their chickens are raised in factory farms – and the hens laying eggs are raised in layer cages or battery cages. Free range and organic have specific regulations about how many birds live in a set space, they state what the chickens can be fed, and debeaking and other cruel practised are not allowed. Eggs are layed in nest boxes, or on the ground – although not a great idea as floor eggs are generally dirty. Hunt around your area – see if you can find a chicken farm that will sell eggs to the public – Who sells free range eggs and organic eggs in South Africa?