When it comes to raising happy hens and quality eggs on TK Ranch we pretty well have this down to an art form. Our daughter Jocelyn and her spouse Andre completely renovated an old hip roofed barn and fitted it with nest boxes, roosts, windows, lights, access doors, ventilation and toys (like the cabbage picture). Inside the barn our free-range hens are given at least 3 square feet of room per bird to ensure they have adequate space to move around freely and scratch in the shavings and dirt, especially when it’s cold outside. They have free access to the outdoors year round on TK Ranch and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine to their hearts content.
We have several different heritage breeds that make the hen-house an interesting place to visit. From Barred Rocks to Americaunas, we have a colourful flock! We even have a kitten that wandered into the yard and made her home in the chicken house (named L’il Boots). She loves the hens and even cuddles up to them in the next boxes when it’s cold outside. It takes a lot of TLC to manage free-range hens this way because nothing in our operation is automated. We haul feed and water to them by-hand, clean out the barn and build movable fence all summer so they can have access to fresh grass. We also collect the eggs by hand three times a day, then clean, weigh, sort and carton them. Taking care of our hens is definitely a labour of love on TK Ranch and they give us excellent quality eggs in return.
Our hens are given a quality grain based feed ration that is enriched with vitamins and essential oils to keep them healthy. They are never given soy, GMOs, antibiotics or other growth stimulants. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the quality and freshness of our eggs. Many people have told us that our eggs are the best they have ever purchased. Some even say that while they are sensitive to eggs bought elsewhere, they can eat ours with no issues.
Our free-range soy-free eggs are now available through our website! You can also purchase them off our truck at our pick-up locations or at our facility east of Calgary. Make sure you ask for eggs at your next pickup, you won’t be disappointed!
- Medium – $6/dozen
- Large – $7/dozen
- Extra Large – $8/dozen
We are happy to take back cartons and re-use them!