Marja and her husband Wim own biological chicken farm Biohof. Since 2014 they shelter 18.500 chicken.
I met Marja on Twitter. She actively tweets about things to happen at the farm, photo’s and issues involving farmers. Very interesting to read which regulations restrict farmers and how some politicians talk about things that they don’t know a lot about. There are quite some farmers active on twitter trying to show the other side, and try to tell what is really happening.
What makes a chicken farm a biological farm?
Before the chickens arrive at Biohof, they stay in a breeding company. This is where the difference to not biological chicken starts. From the point of their arrival in the breeding company, they eat biological food only. So food produced without pesticides and fertiliser. The chickens also have to be able to go outside and have more space in the stables.
At the age of seventeen weeks the chickens arrive at Biohof. Here they also eat biological food and have space to roam.
To make sure each chicken has enough space, the chickens are divided in two stables and each stable is divided in a couple of areas. Outside the chickens roam the grass, they find shelter under fruit trees, at the pond and in the bamboo forest.
A day out of the life of biological chicken
Most chickens lay six eggs a week, mainly in the morning. When breeding eggs, chickens like to be a bit sheltered. So in the stables of biohof the nests are behind curtains.
Want can you do?
Whenever you buy eggs, have a look at the serial number. The number on the eggs of biological chicken starts with a 0. The 1 stands for free-range eggs, the 2 for indoor housing and the 3 is for cage farming.