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How Fresh Is My Egg?

How fresh is my egg? Hardly any other food in the EU is subject to such strict marketing guidelines as the egg. Eggs may only be offered to the consumer within the 21 days after they first saw the light of day. The “best before” date for fresh hen eggs is exactly 28 days after laying. It’s an egg’s life… …

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Just what is free range?

There is no legislation as to exactly how to grow free-range chicken! The best I could find from SA Poultry is the following guideline, which is pretty vague but better than nothing! An extract about Free Range as taken from the Southern African Poultry Association CODE OF PRACTICE 2000. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR FREE RANGE PRODUCTION International research has identified five …

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Battery cage for laying hens

Do you care about where your eggs come from? An estimated 95% of egg-laying hens are intensively confined in battery cages. As of December 2008, about 300 million birds are confined in battery cages, almost one for every U.S. citizen. Each cage confines 5 or 6 birds on average, but sometimes up to 10 birds. Voluntary industry guidelines specify a …

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Dangerous Imported Chicken

The whole world is scared of China making ‘black hearted goods’. Can you differentiate which one is made in the USA , Philippines , Taiwan or China ? For your information … the first 3 digits of the barcode is the country code wherein the product was made. Sample: all barcodes that start with 690.691.692 until 695 are all MADE IN CHINA. …

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Boschveld Indigenous hens

Boschveld Indigenous Free Range Eggs are laid in Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) in the Limpopo Province, South Africa and we supply a wide range of customers in Gauteng and beyond. Our free-range eggs are produced in unspoilt bushveld where our chickens are fed a 100% vegetarian diet with no added hormones or colorants. The chickens are hand fed and the eggs are …

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The Hidden Lives of Chickens

Leading animal behavior scientists from around the globe know that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are in some cases more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates. Like all animals, chickens love their families and value their own lives. The social nature of chickens means that they are always looking out for their …

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It’s nearly Christmas

It’s been a great year for Red Barn’s Free Range Chicken business.  We have learnt so much and we are continuing to learn. 2011 will bring new challenges for Filip and I.  Including this blog and online store.  We want to share everything we have learned and also set up a site where you can buy anything to do with …

Why buy Free range chicken?

fine morning it is, the mist is swirling in the valley and the cockerels are having a crowing competition. I checked my email this morning and one of our free range customers sent us some “News” titled Frozen Chicken Horror – I’ve included a link below to the whole article which is causing a furore in the industry. Why buy …

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Frozen chicken horror

2010-12-19 20:31 Bloemfontein – South Africans have been buying and eating tons of old, repackaged frozen chickens for years.After a frozen chicken has passed its expiry date it is washed, injected, rebranded and sold again in leading supermarkets.Reprocessed frozen chickens produced by Supreme Poultry, the third-biggest supplier of the birds in South Africa, are also given new expiry dates.Country Bird …

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Red Barn’s new chicken blog

Filip and I have decided to start a blog and share our experiences growing our little FREE RANGE chicken business, here in George on the Garden Route, South Africa.  Hopefully there will be lots of useful information for those looking to find out more about back yard chicken farming, growing chickens in a humane and caring way and how to …