|History of the Chicken Ranch||Located in the countryside of Yangmei Township of Taoyuan County, Asia Plantation used to grow golf course grass. Five years later, the owner began to be very interested in organic farming; thus, they started to implement organic vegetable farming in Daxi. However, organic vegetables need natural fertilizer, so the owner began to breed chickens to produce chicken excrement for organic fertilizer. In reality, the chickens’ food usually contains lots of artificial additives and heavy metals, which cannot be used for organic farming. As a result, the owner decided to study about organic chicken breeding in Japan and eventually learned to breed the hens needed to produce organic eggs.|
|Special Breed||French ISA Brown Hens are the wildest, strongest, healthiest breed with fighting traits.|
|Ranch Facilities||The ranch offers both indoor and outdoor facilities that are spacious with plenty of sunlight, fresh air and water.
Indoors: they provide perches for the hens and egg laying boxes. (Fowls clutch their claws on the perches for a feeling of security during sleep. The installation of perches prevents them from anxiety and insecurity. Not every chicken barn provides this facility.)
|Plague Prevention||■EM Natural Farming:
The chicken ranch is sprayed with a fermented liquid made of yeast, lactic acid bacteria, and photosynthetic bacteria to:
1.Prevent the fermentation of chicken excrement.
2.Prevent reproduction of mosquitos and flies.
3.Breed healthier chickens.■If there are chickens that are not going after their feed, they would be isolated in case because of sickness. They are inspected 3 times a day.
■Inside the chicken ranch, they install rat and snake traps to prevent the intrusion of other animals.
|Quarantine||The National Animal Industry Foundation, will inspect and gather samples from the ranch and retail stores. After each inspection, a certificate will be sent to the dealer from the chicken ranch and the ranch will in turn send a copy of the certificate to each of the retail stores (about once a year).|
|Egg collection||Eggs are hand-picked and not rinsed off with water (bacteria may penetrate into the egg shells through the pores by strong water pressure), they are later slowly wiped off one by one.|
|Feeding||Soybeans (US imports, because there are not big plantations in Taiwan)
Corn (Maize) (An organic farm planted at Shihjia, Chiayi)
|Laying cycle||Caged hens usually lay 2 to 3 eggs a day. Hens in Asia Plant lay one egg every 2-3 days, thus a very limited production.|
|Shelf life||28 Days at room temperature. Can be refrigerated for 2 months.|