Penny Mill Eggs © Tom Trick

How it works

On the farm...

Every morning we visit each house to check everything is working as it should be, before letting them out into the scratch area to graze and forage throughout the day.

 

Around sunset they naturally make their way back inside before we go around and manually shut the nest boxes.

Each hen lays, on average, 5 to 6 eggs a week in specially designed nest boxes which we collect daily by hand. The eggs roll gently down to an egg belt running the length of each nest box, and we wind them to one end of the shed for collecting.

At this point, they get their 'first sort'. The eggs are placed on trays, separating out any with noticeable imperfections - irregular shells, dirt or cracks - before they're taken back to the grader for grading.

Egg collection...

To the grader...

Candling reveals any flaws in the shells that aren't easily visible to the naked eye.  Any shells with hairline fractures or other imperfections are removed by hand, and the remaining eggs continue on their way.

After candling, each egg is stamped with a unique code identifying the farm and its location. They're then graded into different sizes according to their weight: X-Large, Large, Medium and Small.

The eggs then travel along the weighers - individual mechanical scales - calibrated for each weight category. Once sorted, stamped and weighed, they're ready for packing…

On the road...

Once all the eggs have been boxed into sizes, two things happen. Most of the eggs are taken by our packer company, which then sell our eggs on to other company we then also every week deliver our eggs to hotels, B&Bs, cafes and restaurants in and around Bude.

Penny Mill Eggs

Click on the van to find out more about our egg delivery service.