The overriding spirit amongst regenerative farmers is one of collaboration.
Herewith my attempt at sharing what I have learnt in 6 years of outdoor egg production. (Please note that we don’t use the term free range as this has been abused by national retailers and the egg industry. Their eggs are barn raised and not free range. More on this here.)
If you embark on this farming venture know that you will be providing the most nutritious eggs on the market, you will be freeing hens from cages (96% of the hens in South Africa live in metal cages up to 8 levels above each other), you will be providing employment and your chicken manure will be fertilising the farm as you move the Eggmobiles daily, which is in stark contrast to the “free range” and caged systems where the hens are above their own manure for their entire lives.
Below are links to the plans of our Eggmobiles. These were drawn up by William Hammers, a master draftsman, who you can email here to draw up plans of anything you want.
Then here are some photos of areas of importance inside the Eggmobile.
Below is the business model. We are pretty sure that all the information you need is in this spreadsheet. You can change any of the variables. The biggest difference comes from number of Eggmobiles. Above a certain number of Eggmobiles you need more staff and the spreadsheet changes automatically for that.
Herewith the frequently asked questions and the answers next to them.
We also plant multi-species pastures. Below is the list of what we plant. All perennial plants. Please remember that what works on my farm is not going to work on your farm. In order of importance when it comes to new planting is timing, soil prep (with a Yeoman Plow), soil amendments (according to the Albrecht system) and then post planting watering regime. Here is blog posting elaborating on the timing of planting.
Below are two videos, raw and unedited from the GoPro, that will give you some insight into outdoor egg production.
Finally if you have any more questions then please come and work on the farm for a minimum of 3 weeks. You can visit for a few hours with pleasure but a few days is a waste of my, my team and your time.
17 September 2015