Consent for 300 laying hens.
The food web ecosystem of warm water ponds offers a polyculture for poultry, with insect life offsetting the high cost of feed pallets for laying hens. This includes invading frogs, which will reduce the predation of tadpoles on juvenile koura.
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. We have ten sheds. Each is secured against high winds. They have lights operating on timers.
Rat-proof storage container for poultry and koura feed.
Selling hen, duck and quail eggs at the gate, farmers market and to five local cafes/lodges
Weekly egg delivery offered throughout the community to residents without transport.
We are the only egg farmer in the Kaikoura district that has had MPI compliance registrations, which cafes/restauraunts 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. As we have not lost clients because of this, it indicates a probable link between hens eating insect life around our ponds, and chefs identifying the quality of our eggs for recipes, such as mayonnaise.
Poultry requires some manual work. To assist us with this, plus with gardening, and to babysit the farm in low season, we have had a work-for-board arrangement, with woofers etc, who have been living on a caravan on site. Our location is a destination which also attracts backpackers.
Indications of present research is hopeful, on the culturing of mealworms, or the high protein larvae of the darkling beetle. They look to reduce our feed costs and which will benefit both poultry and aquaculture. Culturing these in production numbers, however will require a higher temperature. We have this facility, with our insulated koura hatchery.