EVERY EGG MATTERS
Jon Scales – 22 Rosabelle Ave, firstname.lastname@example.org – 07909 693937
Juliet McKenzie – 25 Rosabelle Ave.
Aim: To encourage a minimum of 100 households to keep home poultry
70% of eggs sold in the UK come from battery farms where each hen has only
space the size of a piece of A4 paper and a bare cage with a mesh floor
on a slope. At 72 weeks they are used for soup etc and replaced by a new birds. Eggs produced in this way travel large distances and are a number of days, if not weeks old, by the time they reach retailers’ shelves.
There is a different way of doing things. Traditionally, people in the UK often had a few hens in the back yard or garden. For some reason this seems to have died out but there is no reason why it shouldn't become popular again in Wivenhoe -
with a little help and encouragement from us.
Benefits of home hens
· Daily fresh, top quality eggs 'on tap'.
· Hens fed on grass have much more Omega3 oil in their eggs - good for you.
· One less thing to carry home from the shops.
· Over time can save you money – especially for those on tight budgets.
· Fewer food miles.
· Chickens eat kitchen scraps - less landfill and rubbish created.
· Chicken poo is the best fertilizer.
· They are great fun.
· They eat slugs and snails.
· You can give away surplus eggs - or swap them for things out of other
Peoples’ gardens - or even sell them!
A great way of promoting the TTW agenda
· Countable eggput – can calculate exactly what impact the campaign has on local egg supply – great media story.
· Quick, easy success – immediate payback for people. Will link in with other sustainable food ideas. A way to get people into local food production more generally
What TTW could do to support home poultry in Wivenhoe
· Use the TTW network to recruit home poultry keepers
· Do a publicity campaign through local media.
· Put out a call through TTW/ local paper for any free fencing
· Talk to local poultry breeders / suppliers and arrange
TTW discounts on birds and equipment.
· Create a poultry group who can let people view their backyard hens and mentor them in how to get started.
· Create a network of hen keepers who can physically help get people set up – e.g. building runs etc.