Starting a Free Range Egg Farm

August 17, 2013

August 17, 2013

2:00 pm To 4:30 pm

245 Stanley Road, Grantville Victoria


Event Description

A workshop will be held at the Grantville farm of Freeranger Eggs, near Phillip Island. on Saturday August 17.

Items covered include…

  • all aspects of starting a free range farm 
  • types of hens 
  • feeds 
  • all requirements to meet national labelling 
  • food safety compliance issues 

You will find answers to your questions

What types of sheds are best for you? How many nest boxes to the hens need? What feed is required? How do you package the eggs? What about marketing? Animal health and nutrition issues. All this and more will be covered in detail.

Workshop participants will receive a copy on our eBook on free range egg farming which normally sells for $20.

About Freeranger

Freeranger Eggs operates as a traditional  mixed farm with sheep and cattle as well as free range hens.

Our chickens are kept in small flocks of 200 –  300  birds with separate paddocks, mobile roosting sheds and laying boxes filled with wood shavings. None of our processes is automated.

Eggs are collected by hand several times each day and taken to the grading room where they are candled and graded for size before  beinng packed in cartons or on trays ready for delivery.

They are usually in the cool room within an hour or so of being laid to guarantee top quality. Our production, grading, packing and storage process are detailed in our HACCP-based Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program.

All this will be demonstrated on the day during this hands-on workshop at a cost of $40.



Phil Westwood, Freeranger Eggs


Short description—organiser

Phil and Anne Westwood operate the Freeranger Eggs farm at Grantville near Phillip Island. Both are Environmental Auditors and Phil has been an egg industry auditor dealing with farms across Victoria.

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12 Reviews

  1. charlie

    do you offer this workshop anymore, if so when will your next session be? I’ve been researching to become a free range poultry farmer of chicken and duck for awhile now, still searching for a suitable property. also do you know if any current farmer is selling? prefer to be within an hour from Melbourne. look forward to hear from you

    December 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm Reply
    1. Phil Westwood
      Phil Westwood

      No, we no longer run workshops but our eBook on starting a free range farm is still available through our website. We are also planning a series of webinars if we get sufficient funding to produce them properly. A crowd funding aqpeal is underway at

      December 24, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
      1. charlie

        thanks for your reply
        like to get the ebook
        the crowd funding link don’t work

        January 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm Reply
        1. Phil Westwood
          Phil Westwood

          Happy to send the eBook. Don’t know what happened with the crowd funding link.

          January 20, 2018 at 8:19 am Reply
          1. Phil Westwood
            Phil Westwood

            The crowd funding link works now

            January 20, 2018 at 9:23 am
    2. Phil Westwood
      Phil Westwood

      Hi Charlie, I don’t know of any current farmers selling. but sometimes a farm does come on the market

      December 24, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply
      1. charlie

        if you seen or known any, please contact me via xiong96 at
        much appreciated
        also would be great to attend your workshop if you ever decide to host them again. how do I get your ebook?

        April 10, 2018 at 8:41 pm Reply
        1. Phil Westwood
          Phil Westwood

          Hi Charlie, Yes I’ll let know if I see asny. Details about getting the eBook are on our nwebsite – just deposit the money into the account and we will forward a PDF. It’s not likely that any more workshops wil be scheduled – that’s why we are developing the webinars.

          April 11, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply
  2. Tom

    Hi Phil – I’m really interested in seeing your ebook, and attending/watching any future webinars. I have emailed you at


    February 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm Reply
    1. Phil Westwood
      Phil Westwood

      zHi Tom, Haven’t received an email from you. I’ll forward the eBook when I see the money in the account.

      February 2, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
  3. Maria Roche
    Maria Roche

    Hi Could I please have the details to purchase you book please.
    My 11 yr old has his own chooks and is very keen on setting up a business . Which I told him do your research first.
    We are in the snowy Mts in NSW- beef cattle producers. He currently has 40 odd chooks I’ve lost count.
    I think with the right planning this could b a viable idea and would certainly be good experience for him.


    February 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm Reply
  4. Phil Westwood
    Phil Westwood

    Hi Maria, details about the eBook are on our website, . Sounds like your 11 year old could make a go of it.

    February 24, 2018 at 10:57 am Reply

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