Christleton Orchard Range ~ Free Range Eggs
We are 4th generation farmers running a family business in Christleton, near Chester. Historically a Dairy and Beef farm, we started our Free Range Egg business quite by accident!
From happy accident to free range eggs business
Whilst hatching some turkey eggs, to be reared for ourselves and family for Christmas, we were mistakenly also sent some heritage breed hens eggs. A few weeks later our hens hatched. We built them a little house in our orchard, where they happily roamed freely.
The added bonus was that they laid lots of delicious eggs for family and friends.
As the word spread to friends of friends, demand grew for our free range eggs. That, and a chance night out in a local restaurant, The Yard in Chester, sparked our interest in growing this into a business.
Since then, our Christleton Orchard Range, free range eggs business has grown steadily.
The rest as they say is history for both our brand and our business.
About Our Hens
We currently have 450 (and growing) free range birds roaming our fields and orchard, with a wide variety of breeds, including:
- Cheshire Blues (laying pale blue eggs)
- Rhode Rock
- Calder Ranger
- Nova/Warren cross
We believe they are happy hens who snuggle up at night in custom built cosy wooden houses from the Domestic Fowl Trust.