Country Golden Yolks
Country Golden Yolks is a unique poultry operation in the heart of the beautiful Fraser Valley.
It all started in 1989 with a white laying poultry operation, throwing caution to the wind and having no experience in chickens. Wanting to try something new, they decided to change some of their white laying hens to brown, giving these hens the opportunity to go outside into the pasture during the day and have a nice roosting place at night. This was the birth of the Free Range farming practice. As we put it, “There’s nothing better than seeing happy chickens.”
Country Golden Yolks overcame any chicken farming inexperience through a commitment to hard work. Each day they would hand pick eggs out of wooden nest boxes. This taught us lots about the chicken and the egg. We began to notice a change in the quality of egg that was being produced from our “happy” chickens. Country Golden Yolks jumped in with both feet changing all their white caged birds into free range laying hens!
Their chickens where raised on the family farm from hatchlings until full grown. Through the laying cycle the hens have always been given the proper care and nutrition resulting in a more content chicken and better quality egg.
With the change from caged birds to free-range came the need to build a new barn to house theses free-range chickens. Since this was the first of its kind it took a great deal of planning. Still labour intensive but with automated feed, water and egg collecting the barn was able to house large commercial flocks with a free-range setting. The process of collecting, grading, packaging and marketing has become a family affair. Parents, children, in-laws and grandchildren worked hard to ensure the product arrived on your table in the freshest and natural state.
This family farm was the first in Canada to receive an official Free-Range certification by Agriculture Canada and the B.C Specialty egg producer association. That same year Country Golden Yolks was awarded the farmer of the year award from the S.P.C.A. Enthusiasm in the Quality of the product has been recognized from many organizations through awards, trophies, and plaques.