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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 husband Andre completely renovated our 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 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're never fed soy or corn, 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.
What makes our eggs different than grocery store eggs when it comes to inspection? On TK Ranch we collect our eggs from clean nest boxes several times a day. The eggs are then inspected for cracks, cleaned, weighed and sorted, placed into egg cartons and refrigerated. At a licensed egg grading facility they are inspected for cracks, cleaned, candled through a light to inspect the insides, weighed and sized (graded), sorted accordingly, placed into egg cartons and refrigerated. Our eggs are not candled or graded so are considered UNINSPECTED and UNGRADED. We only sell them to end consumers for personal use only we don't sell them to restaurants, wholesalers or grocery stores.
You’re welcome to pick up some eggs at our location east of Chestermere. We have a limited number of eggs available every week because of supply management rules, but we're currently not limiting how many a person can buy. Please call our office at 403-854-8532 before making a special trip out to get eggs to make sure we have some available! Thanks for your understanding.