H&L Premium Free Range Egg Farms have been experimenting with various types of shade shelters to further encourage the laying hens out onto the range area. Some of our new pasture improved ranges have been used to graze cattle and do not have any natural cover such as trees or shrubs where the hens can feel safe and comfortable. They need protection from the elements and somewhere to scurry if a hawk flies overhead. Trees will be planted on these ranges but until they are established substantial shade-cloth structures are being erected at about 25 metre centres and the hens can hop from one to the other. Our latest shelters also have a wall on the western side so that as the sun sets in the afternoon the hens will be better protected. If you are a fan of Ecoegg’s ChookCam, you would have noticed that on hot days the hens flap their wings and run quickly between the shade patches or go back inside the sheds to keep out of the heat. We can't wait for the hens to explore their new surrounding in a few weeks time. Keep watching ChookCam!