- What is the Lilydale Promise?
We promise that when you buy Lilydale, you’re buying free range chicken that have been raised with care on Lilydale farms by Lilydale farmers. All Lilydale chickens are raised without the use of any antibiotics, with no added hormones or growth promotants.
- What is free range?
Lilydale chickens are grown on Lilydale farms which must meet the Free Range Egg and Poultry Australia (FREPA) standards, which means:
- Chickens when fully feathered have easy access to an area on which to range during daylight hours.
- The area where chickens are permitted to range must have shade and shelter.
- The range area must be capable of continued production of palatable vegetation.
- Only wholesome foods are permitted, with the addition of vitamins, minerals and amino acids as required for the welfare of the chickens.
You can view the full standards on the FREPA website.
- How do I know if the chicken I am buying is free range or not?
Lilydale free range chickens are sold with the Free Range Egg and Poultry Association (FREPA) logo. Lilydale farms are accredited by FREPA and are regularly audited during their life time to ensure they meet the required standards in free range chicken production.
There are a number of free range certification marks in the market. Lilydale believes in FREPA’s benchmark for farming free range meat chickens in Australia and follows them to produce Lilydale free range chicken.
- Are Lilydale chickens free range?
Once fully feathered (around 21 days), Lilydale free range chickens, during daylight hours, have access to the outdoor range areas which include a variety of plants, shade huts as well as hay bales.
At night time and during extreme weather (hot or cold), they are housed in barns to keep them warm, comfortable and safe from predators.
- Are the chickens kept in cages whilst they are inside the sheds?
Absolutely not. Lilydale free range chickens have access to range areas adjacent to their barn or move around inside the barn.
- Do other animals have access to the chickens?
The Lilydale free range chickens are kept in well-fenced range areas adjacent to their barns and our farmers are responsible for their safety and well-being when the chickens are outside. At night time, Lilydale free range chickens are housed in barns to keep them warm and safe from predators.
- Are the chickens given antibiotics?
Lilydale chickens are raised without the use of antibiotics.
On Lilydale farms, there is no use of antibiotic growth promotants or other medications that may be classified as antibiotics, including the 'animal-only use' antibiotics that may be used for prevention of coccidiosis.
We care about the health and welfare of our chickens. If Lilydale chickens become sick and our veterinarians recommend treatment with antibiotics to maintain their welfare, in accordance with the FREPA Standards, these treated chickens will not be sold as Lilydale free range.
- Are the chickens given growth promoting hormone?
No. Chickens in Australia are not given any growth promoting hormones. It has been illegal since 1967.
- What are the chickens fed?
Our Nutritionists ensure that Lilydale free range chickens enjoy a balanced, nutritious diet comprising quality cereal grains (such as wheat and sorghum), protein meals and supplemented by vitamins, minerals and amino acids to achieve optimum health and well-being.
- Do the chickens eat outdoors?
Lilydale free range chickens have access to outdoor range areas to forage amongst any natural vegetation which is available depending on the climatic conditions prevailing. Their feed is provided inside the barn and is available to them at all times during their life.
- Does the diet include any GM ingredients?
At Lilydale, we have a policy to feed our free range chickens a nutritious, vitamin enriched diet that includes seeds, grains, peas and canola. In addition to the diet, the birds are free to forage for fresh grass during daylight hours. Currently we are unable to source all non-GM ingredients for Lilydale feed due to a range of factors including the source and seasonal nature of some crops used in components of the feed.
- Are Lilydale products Halal?
Yes, Lilydale chicken is Halal accredited by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. However, our value added products (Lilydale chicken which is crumbed, marinated or seasoned) may include ingredients which may or may not be Halal certified. For a full list of Halal accredited products please click here.
- Where are Lilydale farms?
Lilydale farms originated in the Yarra Valley in Victoria and are now found in SA, NSW and WA.
- Is there an accreditation body that independently audits the farms?
All Lilydale farms are accredited by Free Range Egg & Poultry Australia Ltd. FREPA conduct audits on all farms annually.
We internally audit Lilydale farms quarterly to ensure the Lilydale high farming standards are met and maintained.
All Lilydale farms are also audited by SQF (Sale Quality Foods) a comprehensive food safety and quality management program for the entire food supply chain.
We live and breathe our free range philosophy, to us its second nature. But we know you might have questions, so we’ve put together a list of answers to the most common questions we are asked. Have a read and if you have any further questions you can contact us here.