Let's face it, chickens don't have the majestic wingspan needed to soar like an eagle, but they do like to flap and hop about. Some chooks even fly to altitudes of a metre or more.
Whereas humans like to plonk on the couch, chooks prefer to perch. So we often provide logs, trees or farm structures where they can perch and watch the world go by.
They're digging the menu
Our chooks love the mix of grains we feed them every day. But every now and then they get the urge to dig up some grub of their own. Either way, the eggs are delicious.
Having a sticky beak
Some chooks like to stay close to home. Others are explorers, wandering around, checking to see what the farmer’s up to and sticking their beaks into everything and anything.
The free range life isn’t a solitary one. It’s kind of a group thing. Half a dozen hens often wander around together. And when they come back into the barn at night it’s definitely snuggle time.
What a girl wants
When Cyndi Lauper belted out ‘Girls just want to have fun’ she obviously wasn’t singing about hens. As our infographic shows, our girls want much more than that.
Watch our chooks live
Our chooks are living an active life, roaming around the paddock during daylight hours, eating nutritious food and sleeping safely in their barns at night. That's why they lay such great tasting eggs.Check it out
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Free Range?
Hens have access to outdoor paddocks for a minimum of 8 hours per day and rest safely in barns at night protected from predators and the elements. Food and water are provided and are easily accessible inside the barn. Our Free Range farms are independently audited to ensure compliance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Domestic Poultry 4th Edition.
What is Sunny Queen Farms standard on free range outdoor densities? How many hens per hectare?
Sunny Queen Farms free range eggs are laid on farms with a maximum outdoor density of 1500 hens per hectare. This means each chook has, on average, more space than a king size bed when they are out in the paddock.
How can I be sure it's Free Range?
All of our farms are independently audited to ECA Standards to ensure compliance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Domestic Poultry 4th Edition. We also regularly visit our farms to ensure they too comply with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals, and our own Sunny Queen Farms free range standard.
Some free range egg customers have been unsure about exactly what “free range” means. With a maximum outdoor density of 1500 hens per hectare, we’re proud of our Sunny Queen Free Range farms, so we have developed a webcam to show off our hens and give everyone the ability to see for themselves. No editing. No special effects, just a camera constantly filming the paddocks during daylight hours, showing the hens as they go about their day - www.chooktracker.com.au
Are your Free Range eggs certified?
Our farms are independently audited to ECA Standard to ensure compliance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Domestic Poultry 4th Edition and to our Free Range standard of 1500 hens per hectare.
What do you feed your Free Range hens?
Our hens need a wide variety of nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Animal nutritionists ensure the diet the hens have keeps our hens healthy. We do feed them meat meal as part of their diet to ensure they get essential amino acids. We also feed them a range of grains including sorghum, wheat, soy and barley depending on seasonality and availability. As well as this, our hens have constant access to fresh water.
How long are Free Range hens allowed outside during the day?
Sunny Queen’s policy is that the hens have access to outdoor paddocks for a minimum of 8 hours per day, and rest safely in barns at night, protected from predators and the elements.