I was invited to visit one of The Happy Egg Co farms recently and drove there with a smirk on my face. Happy hens indeed!!
Well let me tell you these hens are the pampered princesses of the chicken world!
Inside their 'patio' area they have a dust bath area which also disinfects their feathers and keeps them free of little mites,
A normal laying hen will lay one egg each day with a day off every now and then. The quality of the egg improves as they start getting older and their bodies get used to the hormonal changes they go through from 'teenage' hens to mature young ladies! You could say they have a 'henstral cycle'!
Before meeting the flock we were dressed in fetching gear and along with cameras went to the first hen house. (You will notice I am not showing me in this fetching outfit.)
I have had a really busy stressful life lately however standing inside of the hen house, listening to the happy 'mumble' and the excited laying noises I felt the most wonderful calmness I have had in a long time. I could have just sat there for hours soaking up all the happy, contented atmosphere, sitting with 'the girls' and maybe even clucking a bit to myself!
Following our farm tour we were treated to a wonderful meal produced by Jackson & Rye which of course featured The Happy Egg Co eggs in each course.
If you are interested to read some other accounts of the day see what my colleagues had to say:-
Kevin Chambers-Paston of The Crafty Larder writes about his Scotch Egg following his visit.
Travels for Taste, Manjiri Chitnis learned loads about the life and times of a happy hen!
Alex Ryder of Gingey Bites became knows as The Hen Whisperer after learning how to pick up a hen!