FAQs

Please browse below to read our Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy Laydilay eggs and other products?

To see where our products are sold on a map please click here. All shops that we supply are mainly in the south Devon area, unfortunately we currently do not offer online delivery.

Are your hens free-range?

Yes, all of our hens are organic and free-range, this means that they are kept in the best living conditions possible. We are governed by the Soil Association and we strictly follow their guidelines on hen welfare to ensure our girls are truly happy hens!

Do you sell hens to the public?

At the moment no we do not sell our older hens to the public, when they reach a certain age which means they are not commercially viable the British Hen Welfare Trust comes and collects our hens, they then re-home them to the general public. For more info about the BHWT click here.

What happens to your hens when they get older?

When our hens reach a certain age which means they are not commercially viable the British Hen Welfare Trust comes and collects our hens, they then re-home them to the general public. We do not dispatch any of our hens, many of our ex-hens go on to live long fulfilled lives in people’s gardens!

For more info about the BHWT click here.

Whats the difference between free-range and organic?

Organic hens have the best living conditions possible, we are governed by the Soil Association. We keep all of our hens in flocks of no more than 500 birds, free-range hen flocks can have up to 30,000 hens per flock! This obviously means more hens per square metre and therefore poorer living conditions.

Organic hens also have more access to fresh pasture and vegetation compared to free-range birds with more pop holes being available for organic hens meaning they can go outside easily. Organic hens do not have their beaks trimmed after hatching – most free range chicks beaks are trimmed by a laser after hatching to prevent birds from damaging each other. This can be painful, stressful and prevents hens from expressing their natural behaviour.

The routine use of anti-biotics are banned by the Soil Association as flock sizes are smaller so hens are less likely to need them. Organic hens are also fed on a GM free diet.

What do you do with small eggs?

If you weren’t aware when a young hen (called a pullet) starts laying at around 18wks old the eggs start off small (around 40-45g), we use all of these eggs in our production kitchen and use them to make our mayonnaise and meringues until they reach a bigger size which usually takes around 6 wks.

Do you do farm tours for school groups?

Unfortunately no, currently we do not take school groups at our farm, this may be something we consider in the future.

Is your packaging eco-friendly?

Yes our egg boxes are made of cardboard, our outer boxes that store 15 dozen eggs per box are usually re-used a few times to make sure we get the most use out of them. Our mayonnaise is sold in glass jars.

Does your mayonnaise have mustard in it?

No all our mayonnaise is mustard-free

How long does your mayonnaise last for?

Our mayo is sold with a 4 month best before shelf-life, once opened keep it in the fridge and use within 3 weeks.

How long do your meringues last for?

Our meringues are sold with a 6 week best before shelf-life, simply keep them in an airtight container once opened.