Devon business, Black Dog Free Range Eggs, is run by a family who have been producing free range eggs for over 20 years, and set up the brand in 2013 to deliver eggs direct from farm to consumer. The farm is RSPCA accredited and a member of the British Lion scheme.

Hens at Black Dog are free to enjoy a scratch, a dust bathe and a natter with their feathered friends. They’ve got footballs and haynets to keep them occupied, and that’s before they venture out to roam around a 70 acre field.

In order to feel safe and confident hens need cover overhead, such as trees or shrubs, before they will venture too far outside the comfort of their shed. Which is why the team at Black Dog have erected man-made shelters and planted trees to give their hens protection in case a natural predator flies overhead, meaning they can spend less time worrying and more time eating bugs, leaves and seeds.  Ideal.

The hens live on feed from a local mill which uses wheat from nearby farms, including Black Dog. Feedback is then given to the mill about the condition of the hens.

Phil puts it best himself when he says: “Keeping the hens healthy is crucial. We know that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed hens lay hearty, healthy eggs.”

If you know of a free-range farm doing good things for hen welfare please let us know by emailing Francesca.taffs@bhwt.co.uk

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