The result of a hard day's work, both for chickens and people: super fresh, nutritious and healthy premium food, coming straight from our farm to your kitchen.
It takes about 24-26 hours of labor inside the chicken just to form the shell and the white of the egg. The chicken is born with the beginning of all the yolks for the eggs she will lay in her life already inside her.
It takes about 4-5 hours of human labor to collect the eggs when chickens are in true pasture-raised, free range farms like Hilltops Free Range. It then takes about 2-3 more hours to process, grade and pack the eggs. The amazing product of Land, Animals and People working together.
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -- T.S. Eliot
Found this chicken wandering far away from her flock, and she had come back to the same area of the paddock where many moons ago we started the Hilltops free range egg production with the first flock of beautiful brown chickens.
Behind her, one could see the three trees which feature in the photo which still stays on the front of our egg label.
Poetry coming to live at Hilltops Free Range egg farm: "We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." -- T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
Ethical farming and shorter daylight hours: our chickens enjoying the natural rays of sunlight; out and about on the last forage for the day.
We have a made a conscious choice NOT to trick our chickens with artificial light. Chickens need 14-16 hours of light for intense egg production, and so the short daylight hours in winter affect them. Electric lights are used on some farms to trick the birds that July is October.
For Hilltops Free Range chickens, winter is a time for rest, not reproduction.
How can one appreciate Spring, if one never lived through Winter?
The cycle of life in one photo: trees grow, build their crowns and then fall down. Worms and insects make nests inside the stump. Chickens come to play around, forage and eat a few bugs. We cut firewood to keep warm. The chickens (seen in the background) spread fertilizer so the new tree seeds will grow fast and strong.
This is just one small paddock on Hilltops Free Range farm, where animals, Land and humans work together side by side.