Ben Reynaldo was on the look-out for a suitable farming enterprise to run on our land. He chose hens as they bring so much to the circular farming process – and our local community can buy the eggs at the farm gate…
“As a start-up, we offered Ben a mentoring service, examining the best way to make the business viable.”
Starting with 25 hens, and now running a 600 strong flock, Ben and his hens follow the dairy herd around with the mobile egg-laying units. The chickens peck at the cow dung, feeding on the insects found within – just as nature intended, which means they need fewer protein supplements in their diet. Their pecking also exposes any bugs to sunlight that kills off any unwanted bacteria – making what returns to the soil even healthier.
We’ve also shared the capital costs, installing an Egg Shed vending machine at Folly Farm and investing in the mobile shed units, while Ben has bought the flock and other items needed to set it up. We’ve also recently shared the costs of the Rolling Eggs rebrand (previously called The Pasture Raised Egg Company) and new website, and share the ongoing running costs and income from egg sales. It’s an exciting business that looks set to fly!
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