Heyden Farms Expansion

In December 2012 the Government passed a mandatory Code of Compliance standard for the housing of poultry; The Enriched Colony Cage. This new standard requires birds to have 30% more barn housing…

Transition to Colony Cages

Starting in February 2014, Heyden Farms will transition over a four-year period to a new colony cage farming system. World’s best practice Colony farming is the world’s best practice standard for egg…

Did You Know?

In 1773 Captain James Cook brought the first chickens to New Zealand. Kiwis eat approximately 230 eggs each per year. A hen produces one egg approximately every 24 hours. Double-yolk eggs are…

Third Generation Family Farm

Since 1976 the Van der Heyden family have owned and operated Heyden Farms in Lichfield in the South Waikato. The origin Originally my parents, Peter and Rita Van der Heyden, developed the…

Egg Facts

How long does it take a hen to produce an egg? What’s the difference between eggshell colours? Are eggs good for you? And more interesting egg facts. How long does it take…

Farming News

New Zealanders are now consuming around 230 eggs per person per year, providing essential protein and nutrients at an affordable price. Commercial egg farmers are working towards modernisation of their farms to…