Our chickens

Our 1600 chickens have a substantial amount of space in Serwest, a village just a few kilometres from Brodowin. When we started keeping laying hens in 2011, the animals were still scratching and pecking on the orchards in and around Brodowin. However, due to the special way of keeping them, these areas soon became insufficient.

The special feature of our chicken husbandry, in which the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde (HNEE) is our partner, are our mobile chicken wagons. These stables move at regular intervals to ensure that there is always enough fresh greenery outside. This type of husbandry requires a lot of space since each chicken occupies 6 square meters of land while at the same time different areas lie idle for regeneration.

Giving every animal a chance to live is the goal of our Bruderhahn (Brother rooster) project.
Since the aim of breeding laying hens, is above all, to achieve high laying performance, neither rooster nor hen produce significant amounts of muscle mass. This makes the male chicks worthless from an economic point of view and therefore many are killed immediately after hatching in conventional farms.
To avoid this and let at least some of the animals grow up, we have been raising a rooster for each hen in Brodowin since the summer of 2014. The brother roosters reach an age of between 14 and 16 weeks and, like their sisters, can spend every day outdoors. A good solution, which will hopefully be imitated by more agricultural operations in the future.