Whether they’re scrambled, poached, hard boiled or runny, we all have different ways we love to eat our eggs… but what most of us have in common is wanting those eggs to be laid by happy hens.
Hens with room to stretch their legs.
Hens with space to scratch their claws.
Hens with freedom to flap their wings….and maybe even shake a tail feather or two!
And Rohde’s hens sure have that! In fact, we’re convinced chooks from the Rohde’s farm have more personal space each day than most mums do.
Life on the farm
At the Rohde’s farm, chook life sure is sunny side up, with hens free to peck, roam and lay to their hearts content, with density (that’s how many chickens live in a certain amount of space, for the uninitiated) at 1,500 hens per hectare. If you do the maths, that’s 6.5m squared personal space for each chook!
The legislated ‘free range’ density is a whopping 10,000 birds per hectare, which means Rohde’s chickens have a heck of a lot more room for foraging, dust bathing and just generally being happy little chickadees, without feeling like there’s no room to flap and flounce about.
Life really is blissful for the hens who tuck into the grain grown on the farm and lay in spacious, comfortable conditions in a modern facility which is carefully monitored. Conditions are so good that the Ruradene Farm is the only free range RSPCA Approved farm in South Australia!
The Rohde’s Farm Story
Rohde’s have been producing Free Range Eggs for more than 50 years in the pristine rural surrounds of Tarlee, 80 Kilometres north of Adelaide on the edge of the Clare Valley. Local SA farmers, Ian and Jill Rohde started their egg empire in 1957 hoping to provide a supplementary income to their farming business.
Since then, the business has continued to grow from 40,000 chickens in 2002… to 80,000 in 2021! Ian and Jill’s son John and his wife Ange have taken over the business that now produces about 55,000 eggs daily; eggs that are all graded and packaged on farm, before being distributed. That mighty effort accounts for one out of every five free range eggs produced in South Australia!
Proving the old adage that birds of a feather flock together, the third generation of the Rohde family are now heavily involved, with two of John and Ange’s children, Brooke and Martin also working in the business full time.
Rohde’s Eggs are the only egg producer accredited by the RSPA Approved Farming Scheme in SA which highlights just how important animal welfare is to the family behind the farm. Their goal is to produce the freshest and tastiest eggs from happy and healthy hens.
Rohde’s Eggs Caring for Community
The team behind Rohdes Eggs are always working towards becoming more environmentally friendly across all parts of their farm, investing in solar panels and continuing their pledge to plant 500 trees per year. With regular donations to Kickstart for Kids and Foodbank South Australia, the farming family are committed to giving back to their community, as well as trying to source as many supplies and infrastructure from local businesses, keeping SA great!
So next time you’re deciding whether to fry up a frittata or an omelette, cook a quiche or a cake… if you choose Rohde’s Free Range Eggs… rest assured, you’re making an eggcellent choice!
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