Consent for 300 laying hens.
We have been selling hen, duck and quail eggs at the gate, farmers market, five local cafes/lodges.
We have been the only egg farmer in the Kaikoura district that has had MPI compliance registration, which cafes/restaurants and hotels, are oblidged to buy from.
The small scale of our business means that we may not be able to meet a surge in demand. However we have not lost clients because of this. We take this as a compliment, and a probable link between our "true" free-ranging hens, and chefs identifying the quality of our eggs for recipes for mayonnaise.
Poultry with aquaculture is documented as an environmental practice. The runoff from poultry manure, is absorbed in the pond’s mud and is not passed further into the waterway.
Poultry is a polyculture with aquaculture. The food web that we grow for our koura, creates insect life for our poultry. This offsets the cost of feed pallets ... is linked to the good reputation of our eggs, and mitigates the predating insect life on our koura, such as frog eggs.
We have twelve hen sheds varying surface area of 3 - 15 sq m. Each is secured against high winds and has lights operating on timers so that hens could then lay eggs on days with shorter daylight hours. One shed of 3 sq m has a adjacent enclosed run of 15 cu m for quail - and which would suit other aviary birds.
We are growing mealworms, ie the high protein larvae of the darkling beetle. When production numbers have developed, this will benefit both costs and growth of both poultry and aquaculture.
Reference: Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management by Claude E. Boyd & Craig S. Tucker