caring for our hens
There is no doubt that looking after the welfare of our hens is not just about giving them the room to roam, and freedom to demonstrate their natural behaviours. It is about doing everything we possibly can to ensure they lead happier lives and that means they lay tastier, better quality eggs.
Here’s a few ways we do things differently for our girls...
Vet-approved quality feed
Providing our hens with balanced nutrition and access to drinking water 24/7.
Space, and heaps of it
For roaming, scratching around and dust-bathing.
Trees and foliage
Providing our girls with prime spots for perching and shade and shelter from the sun.
For the hens to clean themselves, believe it or not. Not recommended for humans!
Recycle and repeat
By taking steps to reduce waste from our operations and recycle, we can preserve the earth’s natural resources and enhance the quality of lives around the globe.
Coulston Hill actively seeks opportunities to minimise our environmental impact and help create a healthier planet for our future generations.
Non-Toxic Pest Control in the Garden
Make a wall of crushed egg shells around your plants to deter slugs, snails and caterpillars.
Compost for Naturally Fertilized Soil
Research has proven that crushed egg shells will add calcium, phosphorous, sulphur and potassium which helps nourish our soil and plants! Just rinse and allow the shells to dry. Then crush them into powder using a pestel or the blender does a great job! The smaller the eggshell pieces, the faster they will break down in the soil. Then simply add to your compost bin or directly to the soil. Egg shells can be included in your home composting bin if you have one, worms love the shells. Reduce waste and recycle!
Splendid Seedling Starters
An egg carton on the windowsill is the perfect way to start a dozen tomato seedlings in shells before transplanting to the garden in the spring.
Desk and Jewellery Organiser
Remove the top of the egg carton and paint or cover with fabric. Presto! It can now be used to store rings, earrings, chains, cuff links and other such items. You can also store it inside a drawer to hold paper clips, eraser stubs, rubber bands and push pins.
Shipping Material / Void Fill
If you plan on mailing something fragile, simply cut up or use whole egg cartons to make lightweight packing material to protect the contents.
Avid golf player?
Sort your extra balls by brand, store and stack neatly in egg cartons.
For Artsy, Crafty Types
Craft-oriented people can utilise an egg carton to compartmentalise beads of various sizes and colours. You can also use it to store pastels, charcoal and coloured chalk.
Did you know...
- Eggs are the highest quality protein of all foods and are rich in essential nutrients, all for only 70 calories each. They are versatile, easy to prepare and inexpensive.
- Egg protein is the most easily digested protein available, and also has all the 20 essential amino acids in the right ratios to achieve efficient protein utilization.
- Eggs also contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Egg yolks are also one of the few natural foods than contains Vitamin D and a source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
- The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more.
Egg Nutrient Info
Protein is the building block of the body. It is vital in the building, maintenance and repair of body tissue, cells and muscles.
Helps produce red blood cells (haemoglobin), which carries oxygen around our bodies.
B Vitamins (B2, B12 and Folate)
For red blood cell production, a healthy nervous system and energy release.
Essential for healthy skin and hair, eyesight, new cell growth and reproduction.
Helps keep bones and teeth healthy.
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
For visual and cognitive health.
Helps maintain a healthy immune system.
For bone and teeth health.
An antioxidant which helps protect cells from damage.
Supports a healthy metabolism. Humans need iodine for normal thyroid function, and for the production of thyroid hormones.
For brain development and liver function.
Egg Health Facts
➊ Weigle DS, et al. 2005. A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and ghrelin concentrations. Am J Clin Nutr. 82:41-48.
➋ Evans WJ. 2004. Protein Nutrition, Exercise and Aging. J Am Coll Nutr. 23(6)601S-609S.
➌ Zeisel SH. Choline: Critical role during fetal development and dietary requirements in adults. Annu Rev Nutr, 2006; 26:229-50.
➍ Moeller SM, et al. 2000. The Potential Role of Dietary Xanthophylls in Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. J Am Coll Nutr. 19(5):522S-527S.
➎ Chung HY, et al. Lutein bioavailability is higher from lutein-enriched eggs than from supplements and spinach in men. J Nutr. 2004; 134:1887-1893.
The nutrient package of eggs aids in the following:
The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energised, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight. ➊
Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention
Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and ageing adults. ➋
Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to foetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs provide about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women. ➌
Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles. ➍
Lutein and Zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent age related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources. ➎