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Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s the difference between free range and organic eggs?

Eggs that can be labelled free range are produced by hens that have ready access to the outdoors and comply with the Animal Welfare Code of Welfare 2018 (Layer Hens). All Zealand Farms free range farms are independently audited annually.

Eggs labelled organic do not only have to be free range but must also meet a recognised organic standard. We at Zealand Farms have chosen the AsureQuality organic standards as this is monitored by a government owned food safety and biosecurity service.

Which eggs are best for what dish?

We collect and pack our eggs daily once freshly laid and give our egg cartons a recommended best before date. Our eggs are great for all dishes right up to their best before. However, the best eggs for poaching are eggs that are as fresh as possible and have been laid by young chickens. For hard boiled, eggs should be a few days old for ease of peeling.

What kind of shelter do you provide for your hens?

After a day roaming the paddock, foraging, scratching and bathing in the dust our hens have the protective shelter of spacious barns overnight where they can perch, nest and rest. Out in the field we offer trees for shade and protection from bird of prey.

What’s the difference between brown and white eggs?

The only difference is the colour of the shell. Generally, brown-feathered chickens lay brown-shelled eggs and white-feathered chickens lay white-shelled eggs.

What’s the difference between a hen and a pullet?

A pullet is a young hen. A chick becomes a pullet when it reaches 6-8 weeks. A pullet is considered a hen once she starts laying eggs.

How is your Emperor Chicken different from regular meat chickens?

Zealand Farms Emperor Chickens are young laying hens which are prepared in the traditional Chinese style with feet and head intact. They are fed the same diet as our regular laying hens, which means no hormones, additives or other nasties!

What are double yolkers?

Sometimes young hens (pullets)  produce 2 yolks at the same time when they make an egg. This results in our fabulous ‘double yolkers’. These get spotted when we scan all our eggs for quality purposes. Double yolkers are available to our customers in our shop.