Hen Welfare

The conditions on our farm are approved by Freedom Food to strict RSPCA welfare standards and we are regularly inspected.

What is Freedom Food?

Freedom food is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme. It is the only UK farm assurance scheme to focus solely on improving the welfare of farm animals reared for food. It looks for:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst.
  2. Freedom from sickness and disease.
  3. Freedom from fear and distress.
  4. Freedom from pain and injury.
  5. Freedom to express normal behaviour.
What about salmonella?

Our hens are vaccinated against salmonella.

Egg Facts

We believe freshness is key to a quality tasting egg, so it is our guarantee to get the eggs delivered to our customers within 24 to 48 hours of being laid.

What's the egg stamp for?

Each egg is individually stamped with a unique code ‘1 UK 10836’, which relates the egg back to its place of origin assuring our customers that it is the genuine article — a Black Dog free range egg.

The trays /boxes are labelled with a ‘best before date’ this indicates 28 days after having been laid.

What's the best way to store eggs?

We advise that eggs are stored at a constant temperature below 20°C, away from heat sources and sunlight. On catering premises and in the home, eggs should be stored, preferably in their packs, in a refrigerator or in a cool dry place.

Eggs have a porous shell that can easily absorb strong odours, so ideally they should be stored away from strong smelling foods.

Egg sizes

Our eggs are available in a range of sizes and are packed into boxes of 6 for retail sales or in trays of 30 for catering use.

Egg sizes are specified by EU guidelines;

  • small <53g
  • medium 53g – 63g
  • large 63g – 73g
  • very large >73g

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Egg Fact 1

Eggs are nutritionally dense, the yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg, containing essential vitamins and minerals.

Egg Fact 5

Eggs contain high quality natural protein, protein being one of the essential nutrients that every person needs to maintain a strong and healthy body.

Egg Fact 2

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy whatever the budget.

Egg Fact 6

Eggs contain and are rich in all vitamins excluding C.

Egg Fact 9

Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones & teeth as well as for muscle function. In the UK 1 in 5 of us have inadequate levels, sunlight being the best source but difficult to get enough. A meal containing just 2 medium eggs can give you 2/3rds of the amount of vitamin D you need a day.

Egg Fact 3

Eggs are not high in saturated fat, there are less than 70 calories in a medium size egg.

Egg Fact 7

Eggs contain essential minerals & trace elements, including phosphorous, iodine & selenium.

Egg Fact 10

Eggs do contain cholesterol, however previous limits on egg consumption have now been removed, latest research shows that healthy adults can enjoy an egg every day without increasing their risk of heart disease.

Egg Fact 4

Eggs are a great food to include in your diet if you’re trying to lose weight whilst ensuring your body gets all the essential nutrition it needs.

Egg Fact 8

Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are considered the building blocks for the body, because they help form protein.

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