Free Range – what’s it mean?
About 90% of the eggs produced at
Wairarapa Eggs are Free Range eggs.

(and, don’t worry, the other 10% are Cage Free Barn Laid eggs … we’ll cover what that means later on).


We take great pride in providing our chickens with the best of care. We make sure they are well fed with quality grain (antibiotic and use ge free grains, of course) and have plenty of fresh water all day every day. The Free Range hens can forage for tasty morsels outside whenever it tickles their fancy… Have you ever read the beautiful children’s book “Tillie Lays an Egg” by Terry Golson? Well, Tillie is one bird that DEFINITELY likes to be free range!

But what does Free Range actually mean? It means that the Free Range hens at Wairarapa Eggs have access to the outdoors 24 hours a day. The thing with chickens though, is that sometimes they do actually prefer to be in a sheltered and protected spot such as a barn, particularly at night-time, away from the weather and potential predators. So, we provide our Free Range birds with access to warm, well-insulated and clean barns with freedom to dust bath, scratch around and perch wherever and whenever they like. When it comes to laying their nutritious eggs, our birds can move into private nesting boxes away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the flock.

Cage Free Barn Laid Eggs

Just about the next best thing after Free Range … Cage Free Barn Laid eggs account for about 10% of our eggs. The big difference between our Cage Free birds and Free Range birds is that the Cage Free ones don’t have access to the outdoors. Instead, they are kept in the barn with the same quality feed, fresh water, freedom to dust bath and stretch their wings, freedom to scratch around and perch wherever and whenever they like.

We like to think that we have some of the happiest hens in the region.

Wairarapa Eggs Ltd, Chester Road, RD1, Carterton : Work 06 379 7884 : Fax 06 377 3760 : Mobile 021 675 964
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