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Ryan Kingsnorth, Tam­borine Moun­tain Free Range Eggs, Tam­borine Moun­tain, Queens­land With his fi­first de­liv­ery of 400 brown lay­ing hens in De­cem­ber 2014, Ryan Kingsnorth found him­self smit­ten. “There’s no other word that comes close to describing the feel­ing,” he says. “I’m hooked on chooks.” Ryan grew up on his fa­ther Ron’s 80-hectare hobby farm, Cedar Lodge, at Tam­borine Moun­tain, 45 min­utes in­land from the Gold Coast, and had been look­ing for an agri­cul­tural en­ter­prise that would al­low him to re­turn to live and work there. “I had the idea of pro­duc­ing free-range eggs and it took offff re­ally quickly,” he says. The flflock now num­bers 900 birds: they’re ro­tated onto fresh pas­ture every few days and are ac­com­mo­dated in what Ryan calls the Rolls Royce of chicken car­a­vans. Tam­borine Moun­tain Free Range Eggs are de­liv­ered to a variety of lo­cal out­lets within 48 hours of be­ing laid. “The best thing is be­ing able to work from home,” says Ryan. “I’m close to fam­ily, I don’t have to travel to work aand I love it.” 0498 096 540; tm­

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