Why Happy Chickens Want Earth-Friendly Farms

27 Jul 2018

At Happy Chicken Eggs, we are committed to sustainable farming. Because we want to make sure our hens live their best lives. This makes them happy, and you know what they say: happy hens lay happy eggs. We genuinely believe this. That’s why we only produce happy, free-range eggs. And it’s this passion of ours that lets our customers tell us apart from the other egg brands.

If you’ve ever stood in a grocery store wondering what the difference is between this milk and that milk, this container of strawberries and that one, these free-range eggs and those free-range eggs…you are in very good company. We’ve all been there. And sometimes it feels as though the choices aren’t getting any easier to make.

Sadly, the big confusion about the food industry is a huge factor of today’s human condition. Gone are the days when you received milk from whichever farmer was closest and ground your flour in the town mill (although those seem like pretty cool days). Gone are the times when, if you wanted an omelet, you collected eggs from your own backyard. Back then, there wasn’t much to think about.

Now, it seems as though every container is shouting promises, many of which never get fulfilled. The question becomes: What can you do about it? How can you cut through the noise and find the most sustainable products to do your part for the earth?

Those are great questions, and one that we here at Happy Chicken Eggs ask ourselves each and every day.

Let’s talk about the importance of sustainable farming, the role eggs play within a greener agricultural industry, and how to decide between this and that — so that your next trip to the grocery store can go back to being a simple chore rather than an existential nightmare.

And we all want fewer existential nightmares, right?

 

Sustainable Agriculture Is the Next Best Thing in Farming

As those who have an interest in sustainable agriculture don’t need to be told, an earth-friendly approach to crop growing and animal husbandry is the next big thing in farming.

Driven by an increasing output demand and a need for environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture is less the fad that some people characterise it as. In fact, farming principles that align with the earth’s needs are critical in this day and age when pollution has brought us to the brink of global climate disaster, species die-off, and water scarcity.

The problems are so overwhelming that some give up entirely. I can only do so much, they think.

We like to rephrase that though: “Look how much each of us can do!” is far more our speed.

While no one can single-handedly solve the crisis, there are steps we can take to help correct the problem.
Enter: the time machine!

No. Just kidding. Time machines don’t exist, and if they did, they would only help us repeat history, not change it. There are better answers.

Enter: sustainable egg farming!

 

Intensive Egg Farming: A Damaging Practicing

Free-range eggs do more than honor the chickens from whom they come; they help the earth. Chickens and the eggs they lay can represent some of the greener agriculture products, at least when they use free-range processes that minimise the environmental footprint.

The world is starting to understand how harmful battery cage farming is to chickens: brutal, painful, inhumane, says the RSPCA. What many people don’t realise is cage or barn farming is also harmful to the environment.

As United Poultry Concerns in America explains, chicken waste from intensively farmed egg laying operations is highly damaging. Manure from such operations includes the following:

  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Arsenic
  • Antibiotics
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • … and other chemicals, pathogens, and carcinogens

Such intensive farms cannot cope with the massive amounts of manure that chickens in those operations produce. It enters the water system instead, poisoning wildlife, farmlands, and human settlements.

 

Free-Range Chickens Lead to Healthier Ecosystems (and Happy Chicken Eggs)

On the other hand, free-range hens can make an environmental difference for the positive. Free-range chickens do their poopin’ out on the range, where manure soaks into the earth to nourish the grass and herbs from which they also feed.

Chicken manure has long proven its benefits as a soil enrichment, as long as it gets applied in reasonable amounts over time.

In addition, chickens act as pest control. They eat bugs, flies, mosquito larvae, and other creepy-crawlies that might harass surrounding civilisation or crops. Chickens are also natural composters, taking in green material and insects and producing the excellent fertiliser we mentioned above.

This makes free-range hens a natural choice for egg-laying operations. We feel compelled to point out though that the new definition of free range isn’t necessarily good enough. Stock density is a huge component of healthy chicken farms, and the new standards allow up to 10,000 birds per hectare — about a chook per foot. In our opinion, that doesn’t give the ladies much room to live their best lives.

At Happy Chicken Eggs, we believe that happy hens lay happy eggs. So we maintain a maximum stocking density of 1,500 chickens per hectare — as well as an inviting habitat that keeps chickens entertained, safe and joyful. Because they deserve to live like this.

 

How to Support Sustainable Egg Practices

From now on, you can find the most nutritious free-range eggs and know you’re helping the environment by going a step beyond the grocery aisle.

Before you decide on brands, look up companies online and find out more about how they do things. You may want to check if they are practicing sustainable farming, like making use of alternate sources of energy. For instance, here at Happy Chicken Eggs, we take additional steps such as the use of solar panels to reduce our carbon footprint. You may also want to look into factors such as stocking density, chicken habitat, and company values. By doing these, you can be sure to make the environment, hens, and your family happy, all at the same time.

No time machine needed.

Although if you find one, please give us a call. We are very curious about prehistoric chickens. Just saying.

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