KINTALINE FARM   Benderloch   by OBAN Argyll PA37 1QS Scotland
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What's on at Kintaline Farm in 2016

Seasonal supplies of Jacob mutton, lamb & free range pork
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Kintaline 2016 : we still sell Muirfield Black Rocks but no longer have the old utility pure breeds - please enjoy our information. : Free Range Eggs

Eggs from our free roaming birds : very special eggs from very special birds

Our main flock is made up of Black Rock hens. We consider it the Best Egg Laying Breed of chicken for free range pastured units. It is bred from specially selected strains of Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock from a single hatchery in Scotland :- Muirfield at Kinross. With the parent birds being both natural breeds the cross retains superb genetic vigour and excellent health record. There has been no recorded salmonella infection in any U.K. flock

Black Rock hens outside ~ Oban Argyll Scotland

Our egg laying flock also has birds from our pure breeds, to give our customers a choice of egg colours -
Dark eggers : Marans and welsumers
White eggers : Leghorns
Blue eggers : Araucanas and Cream Legbars.

Our birds range over permanent pasture. We move the houses regularly to keep them on fresh grazing all the time.

First thing in the morning they are let out of the houses - they spend a few hours grazing and chasing bugs. Gradually they go back inside to lay and top up with layers rations which is available ad lib. The feed we use is not organic because here in the Highlands of Scotland it is too expensive to get and it would make the eggs very costly indeed. However we do use a feed that is GM free, has no animal products and has no artificial colourants to the best of our knowledge. It is a 16% protein feed and does not leave a fishy taint to the eggs that other higher protein feeds do. As our birds range properly on good mixed permanent pasture the taste of the egs is improved by the wide range of extra ingredients the birds have in the recipe.

Over the middle of the day they carry on laying, dust bathing, exploring the fields seeking out bugs, grubs and sweet shoots, and on good days sunbathing.

In the afternoon we feed a small wheat feed outside. This allows us to encourage them to investigate certain areas of their surroundings and is a valuable feed supplement. We also collect eggs, top up feed and check all the hens.

The eggs are brought back to the packing room (converted from the old grain room of the mill) where they are trayed and boxed ready for sale. The best way to keep eggs clean is to use clean shavings in the Nest boxes and keep the hens on fresh grazing.
The Black Rock produces a good large brown egg - we keep birds for 2 laying seasons and in the second year we have problems getting the eggs into boxes they are so big !! Unlike some other hybrids they have a low proportion of medium eggs and small ones are rare after the first few months.

We are not a registered packing station so do not sell wholesale at the moment, but our eggs are all Free Range.

In the evening they are shut in at dusk to protect them from predators. In the summer this means staying up very late as the nights are very light here and Black Rocks don't like to miss a minute of ranging time. It is a lovely time - they sing a delightful melody roosting on their perches.

In the autumn we allow the birds to have a full moult and production goes down a bit. This coincides with a drop in numbers of tourists so we let them have a good rest and are rewarded with great laying in their second ( and even third season ). The old layers we sell in the autumn go on to make great backyard pets and can continue to lay for 4 - 5 more years.

If you live in North Argyll and are interested in trying our eggs drop in and see us.
The new LORN Producers Market is also here - every First and Third Thursday of the month, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to sample many more of the wonderful products of the area - both food and crafts.

Tim and Jill Bowis
Kintaline Mill Farm, Benderloch, OBAN Argyll PA37 1QS Scotland
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