Elbert & Tanya Van Hierden

Type of Farm: Free-Run

Years Farming: 1

Eggs: Free-Run Brown

Hens: Brown

Q & A

How many generations has your family been in egg farming
We are first generation egg farmers, and the second generation is already involved with our egg farm. Our family has raised chickens for personal use for many years, but we just started our large layer facility in 2016.
Why did you first get into egg farming?
Our kids, especially our oldest son, has always been somewhat of an entrepreneur. He even operated his own small scale chicken barn, raising both layers and broilers. When this opportunity came up we thought it would be a perfect fit for us and him, and a great opportunity to expand and run a larger operation.
What does being an egg farmer mean to you?
It means we are able to contribute to the food production in Alberta, for Albertans.
What do you enjoy most about being an egg farmer?
We have always enjoyed the farming lifestyle and community.
Do you raise any other livestock and/or crops on your farm, in addition to your egg laying hens?
We currently have our crop seeded in Alfalfa, and we also have horses.
How does it make you feel to know you provide your fellow Albertans with fresh, nutritious and delicious, locally produced eggs?
We enjoy knowing that we are raising healthy birds, for healthy eggs, in a free-run environment.
If there is one thing you would like people to know about egg farming and/or egg farmers, what would it be?
There is more to egg farming than just a few birds laying eggs. It is quite the production and requires a lot of hard work, cost, time and energy to produce the healthy eggs that you can find in your favorite grocery store every day.