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Ed­die’s Eggs

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Many pro­duc­ers claim to be eth­i­cal. But Ed­die’s Eggs takes things to a whole new level. They have raised some of the coun­try’s hap­pi­est chick­ens on cer­ti­fied or­ganic pas­ture, pro­duc­ing non-GMO eggs.

Pic­ture this: You wake up in the morn­ing to the ex­cited chat­ter of your friends as your hotel room door opens out onto a lush orchard. You hop out, stretch your legs and find a ver­i­ta­ble feast of all your favourite food be­fore you – and there’s plenty to go around. You am­ble around as you please, tak­ing in a bit of shade when the day gets hot. And af­ter a pleas­ant, ful­fill­ing day in na­ture, you go safely to sleep know­ing that to­mor­row will be just as sat­is­fy­ing.

This is not the de­scrip­tion of a fancy well­ness re­treat. You may be sur­prised to find out that that twinge of jeal­ousy you might feel is for the life of a few thou­sand hens. Cue ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis.

Set in the heart of the Sun­days River Val­ley in the Eastern Cape, Ed­die Fer­reira’s oper­a­tion is some­thing to be­hold. Each “eggmo­bile” is set in a fenced off 1,500 m² sec­tion of orchard. This means that each bird has an av­er­age of 5 m² of space to do their thing. Each eggmo­bile moves to a new pas­ture weekly, so the

Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Daniel Colpo

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