We are very excited about being on Channel 10’s The Living Room tonight (October 7th) at 7.30pm. They have done a segment on young entrepreneurial kids -kidpreneurs, with Josh being one of them. The film crew came and spent the day with us, filming all the hens and eggs and Jason Cunningham, their finance person, interviewed Josh and I.

184273_397361593692680_1121757859_nJason asked Josh to tell him the story of starting the business back when he was 9 years old with 40 hens, and the journey he followed to 7000 hens and selling into big stores like LaManna Direct, Coles and Woolies. I have attached a few photos of Josh’s first flock of hens and his early days at the farmers markets.

Things have changed a lot since then, though I am happy to say Josh still really loves his hens and of course our beautiful Maremmas!
We hope you enjoy the story!

Tamsyn & Josh Murray
Josh’s Rainbow Eggs

The Story of Josh’s Eggs

This is how it all began

It all began in 2009 when I was nine years old. It had been my chore looking after our small flock of hens in the farm. One day Mom looked at me and said “why don’t you do all the work and then you can have all the money from the eggs.” Forty hens didn’t seem much work, so I gladly agreed. I became the sole person responsible for my hens.

Initially I sold eggs to our neighbours for $4/dozen. I expanded my flock and realized I needed new customers. I also needed a name and a label. The name came to us from a friend.  She opened a dozen eggs and seeing the blue and green Aracauna eggs, as well as all different brown, white and even a pinkish eggs, she said you have rainbow eggs! And so it became Josh’s Rainbow Eggs.

We have called our eggs ethical eggs because we believe we are raising our hens in way that allows them to do all the things that hens love to do. To understand what makes a management system ethical, we believe we need to look at the ability of the hen to express its innate behaviours, to express its true chickeness!  We believe there are five main behaviours that make a chicken happy.  Hens love to forage. They spend most of their day voraciously scratching for bugs, worms, seeds, anything tasty hiding under the mulch or in the soil. Hens love to dustbathe everyday.  The dust helps them keep away any parasites that crawl under their feathers.  Hens love to roost.  As their wild ancestors came from the jungles of South America, it is no wonder they are happiest high up in a tree or on the top perch.  Hens love to sun themselves.  As they stretch out one leg and its wing, the excess heat dislodges feather parasites and allows the hen to remove it when preening. Hens will seek out a dark secluded spot to make themselves a nest and lay their eggs.

Our farming system includes mobile sheds that house relatively small flocks.  In our eggmobiles there are usually between 800-1500 hens and in the French chalets there are 1700-2000 hens.  Because the flocks are small the hens can come and go from the chalet or eggmobile very easily.  It is a place for them to sleep and to lay an egg.  Sometimes if it rains they go inside.   Essentially the hens live outside.  The eggmobiles and chalets are moved across the paddock so the impact of the hens on the pasture is reduced.  This allows us to rest certain parts of the paddock and also helps to spread the manure and therefore help the grass to grow more vigorously.

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