For range reared certified

organic pullets 

up to point of lay

Ben & Cathy Wetherden

Eastwood Farm, Hittisleigh, Exeter, Devon EX6 6LW

S.A. Cert.Licence AB18834



Our pullets are reared with respect for their welfare and environment, Eastwood farm is a Devon wildlife site and part of the Natural England Higher Level Stewardship scheme. Pullets are not de-beaked and have the freedom to perch, to range on pastures managed without the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides, to dust bathe and scratch amongst bedding. They constantly have access to water and feed, which contains no synthetic amino acids, routine antibiotics or genetically modified material. They are reared to Soil Association organic standards by us, from day old. Because of this, spent hens can be used in organic food products.

Organic Pullets

  3wk old pullets in one of our arks

14wk old Black Rock pullets ranging at Eastwood


A White Leghorn (commercial) enjoying our woodland

A mixture of traditional pullets enjoying our hedgerows

Buy organic - it doesn’t cost the earth

reproduced from Soil Association public display literature

If you care about the environment, want to improve farm animal welfare, wish to support a renaissance in local food and rural employment, and eat nutritious pesticide free food then buy goods with the Soil Association symbol.

Although the soil Association was founded in 1946, it wasn’t until 1973 that the symbol came into existence, enabling people to buy food they could trust from sustainable farms.

The symbol design is taken from a geometrical form of the ‘plane at infinity’ by 17th century mathematician, Boy. It is also the shape of the three-intersecting human ear canals, which hold the liquid that act as our ‘spiit-level’; giving us awareness of our movement and position in space. So the symbol represents something both infinite and well-balanced.

The first symbol for 100% organic produce was granted to Aspall apple juices in 1973. Today Aspall’s is thriving, growing 36 varieties of cider apples on 90 acres.

About 75% of all organic produce sold in the UK bears the Soil Association symbol, guaranteeing it has met our standards. These now cover everything from food and drink, to fish, beauty and health, textiles, and through our linked Woodmark scheme, sustainable forestry.

The Soil Association standards meet, and in many cases exceed, the legal requirements for organic systems as set out in European and UK law - particularly on environmental and animal welfare requirements.

Unique amongst certifiers, the soil Association consults with its members about its organic standards. The standards are not static, but constantly revised by standards committees, which include farmers, food manufacturers, representatives from non-governmental organisations and of course, consumers.

The symbol is more than just a trade mark: it represents a set of standards that are being developed to achieve our aims and embody our principles and values.

Animal welfare

Organic livestock must spend most of their lives outdoors. Farmers aim to provide them with the sort of conditions which their wild ancestors favour, or favoured. Organic farmers are encouraged to choose breeds that are well adapted to local conditions and capable of resisting disease. The leading animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming advises its supporters to buy organic or free- range meat and eggs, stating that such systems have the potential to deliver far higher standards of animal welfare: “Well-run organic farms using more traditional or dual purpose animals are as close to the ideal as possible,” it says.

Environments & wildlife

Independent studies from RSPB, WWF and the Government’s own nature conservation advisors, Natural England, have confirmed there are more birds, beetles, butterflies, bats, wild plants and other wildlife on organic than non-organic farms. And the biggest and most comprehensive UK survey so far, funded by Defra, and conducted by the British Trust for Ornithology, showed 109% more wild plants and 32% more birds on organic farms. Indeed increasing organic farmland would “help restore biodiversity within agricultural landscapes,” one of its authors noted.

Reviving local communities

Organic farming sustains rural livelihoods by supporting 30% more jobs per farm than equivalent non-organic farms - thanks to the practice of rotating crops and livestock to build fertility and control pests and disease. The Sustainable Development Commission, the Government’s advisor on sustainability, has described Soil Association organic standards as the “gold standard” for sustainable farming. Organic farmers are also three times more likely to be involved in local food schemes and selling direct to the public, actions that are vital as we face up to climate change.

Better for you

Science is beginning to prove that organic food is healthier. There is now significant evidence that organic vegetable, fruit and milk generally contain more nutrients than non-organic food. In 2001, and independent review found that organic crops had significantly higher levels of all 21 nutrients analysed than the non-organic equivalents. Subsequent studies have found higher levels of Vitamin c and antioxidants in tomatoes, apples, peaches and kiwis. And six studies have now found that organic milk has more fat-soluble nutrients - omega 3 fatty acid, Vitamin E and beta- carotene than non-organic milk.

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Please call before traveling to us for availability, and to arrange a time that is convenient for us. Because our pullets have to have a large area (acres) to range in it is impossible for us to offer you a point at a hen then we catch it service, cheap entertainment for some!!. We can sometimes catch a few hens at short notice but usually would like to know at least the night before so that they can be caught before they are all let out in the morning. Please bring something with you for transporting your pullets home in, pet carriers, cardboard boxes are ideal if you don’t have a poultry crate.