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Corndale Grove


Conscious Ground

Oliver’s Hens

Where are the chicks sourced from?

Bonds Hatchery, Veradila Queensland

Specialised poultry breeders, Bendigo Victoria

Little Red Hen poultry breeder, Brisbane

Little Red Hen poultry breeder, Brisbane 

Have the chicks been vaccinated? If yes, what are they vaccinated against?

Yes, legally as a day old. But not after.
Marek’s disease 

Yes, as day old, against Coccidiosis, infectious bronchitis and Marek's disease

Yes, Marek’s disease 

Yes, Marek’s disease

At what age do the chicks arrive at your farm?

Day old 

Day old

Day old 

16 weeks 

What do you do with roosters?

Already sexed, and if we do accidentally get a rooster, we keep them as pets or rehome them.

If we occasionally get a rooster, he is put out on the farm.

Already sexed - rarely get roosters.

Already sexed - rarely get roosters.

What breed of chickens do you keep?

Bronze layers, brown, white & black 

Lohmann Browns

Isa brown 

Hy-line brown 

Are the chicks / chickens fed certified organic chick starter / feed?





What kind of feed / grains are they fed? (ie. coarse layer including meat meal or vegetarian or soy free meal)

Soft agro, melanie, pellet, non-veg. Only biodynamic egg farmer 

Chicks are fed a crumble and then grower pellets, sourced from Nara, Melangani, mix of wholegrain ⅔ ground up lyme and ⅓ protein concentrate soy based pellet  

Veggie meal from soft ag 

Vegetarian meal, certified organic, soft ag, local feed, feed grown in casino  

Are the chickens fed food scraps? Are the scraps organic?

All certified organic, biodynamic scraps 

Yes they are fed organic food scraps from the house


No - sometimes scraps from restaurants (very rarely)

How many chickens in total?





How many chickens per square meter? 

500 hens per hectare 

600 per hectare 

(1 hen every 16 square meters)

400 hens per 50 sq meters

150 per hectare (4 square meters of fresh grass each)

How big is the roaming / grazing area?

9 acre paddock, 100 acre farm. Possible to move them around. 9 acre chicken lot is closer to house 

70 acres, free range over the whole farm

Rotated around 50 by 50 sq meters 

60 acres 

What is the grazing pasture?

Grass, trevvlings, chicken caravan, clover 

Mix of native and introduced species, clover

Setaria grass 

Grass, bare seed cover crops 

Is the grazing pasture / farm certified organic?

Yes - certified organic and certified biodynamic

Yes - certified organic

Yes - certified organic

No - but organic farming practices used

Is the grazing pasture sprayed or treated with any fertilisers / pesticides / fungicides / herbicides / any other sprays?

No, other than biodynamic spray which is 501


Certified org pasture 

No spray, biodynamic spray 

How are mites managed in the flock?

No mites, dust bath themselves and diatomaceous earth.

Mites managed via organic mite treatment, mix of essential oils given through drinking water

Diatomaceous earth 

Diatomaceous earth 

How are worms / parasites managed in the flock?

Same as above 

Diatomaceous earth mixed in the feed, apple cider vinegar and garlic

Apple cider & garlic 

Apple cider vinegar and garlic. Rotating chickens all the time. Good management 

How are chicken illnesses treated? 

They come up to the house and go into a sick bay, apple cider vinegar 

They are put in a special area and nurtured with love and care.

Same as above 

Vit c, electrolytes, if too sick chicken is euthanised 

How long do your chickens lay eggs for?

10 months active laying 

2 years

18 months 

20 months to 2 years 

What happens to your chickens once their egg production drops / after they retire from laying eggs?

They are moved on to other homes, always rehomed 

The chickens are rehomed and go on to backyard flocks, any remaining birds are euthanised 

Sell off, slaughter on farm & all are eaten 

Sell as many as possible to domestic flocks, bone broth with ones that can’t be rehomed 

How often are the eggs collected?

Twice a day 



Everyday, no more than 3 days from delivery time 

How are they euthanised? 


With carbon dioxide

Cervical dislocation 

RSPCA approved Abattoir in coffs, CO2 

How many could consistently supply 

Can meet our demands 

As many as required

15-30 boxes per week 

6-7 boxes each store 

Was the farm flood affected?

Yes - moved hens to dry ground by hand individually and paddocks were flooded by mountain water (not river / sewage).

Yes - farm was cut off by the floods, lost power and workers but paddocks were not affected


No - supplied eggs to Byron Shire when Organigrow and Corndale affected by floods

Other hen care and management info

No trees in paddocks so as not to attract birds of prey - caravans used for shade

Yes the hens are in amongst pecan trees so they have shade and are protected by Maremma dogs 

Hen rotation and crop trees provide shade for hens.

No trees in paddocks so as not to attract birds of prey - caravans used for shade

Contact Details:

Corndale - Denise, 0427 009 396  Organigrow - Simon & Heidi, 0421 705 848

Conscious Ground - Aidan, 0431 069 907 Oliver’s Hens - Oliver, 0411 552 478