At Spring Creek Quail Farms, our mission is simple: To make nutritious and delicious alternative egg choices — specifically our adorable little quail eggs — available to all.
It’s about making sure consumers have access to ethical and sustainable egg choices by putting people and animals first.
What does it mean to be sustainable?
Everyone is on the sustainability bandwagon these days, but what does it actually mean? In a nutshell (or quail shell, in this case!) sustainability is the ability of a process — such as farming quail eggs — to continue over time without depleting natural resources, having a negative social or economic impact or harming the environment.
By promoting sustainable practices and systems, we help ensure a healthier planet and a better future for all.
What makes quail eggs sustainable?
Quail eggs are considered sustainable because quail require less space and resources to raise than chickens.
They can be raised in smaller enclosures while still having enough space to roam freely.
They don’t need as much food and water as chickens do, so they produce less waste — which means fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a smaller carbon footprint.
Quail eggs have a longer shelf life than chicken eggs, so there’s not as much food waste during the production and distribution process.
Quail eggs are little speckled powerhouses that are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. They can be used in a variety of dishes and are a versatile and adaptable ingredient..
What does Spring Creek do to be sustainable?
As conscious stewards of our planet, we take time to consider how our work impacts people, animals and the environment. And regardless of how much we grow, we'll always run our farm in such a way that minimizes its impact on our environment. This means:
Raising our “ladies” in a comfortable environment — Our chicks grow up walking on soft wood chips… no smelly hay for our girls! And when they’re ready to lay eggs, we move them to comfy colony cages.
Running a zero-waste facility — We use 100% recyclable packaging and shipping materials and all of our organic waste is used as compost to grow organic vegetables at a nearby farm.
We never use antibiotics or hormones — Our cheerful chicks breathe fresh air and never receive antibiotics or hormones, so our quail eggs are healthy and free from harmful residue.
Our girls enjoy high-quality feed — We give our hens a delicious and nutritious grain mix sourced from local farmers and reduce feed waste by using feeders that minimize spillage and adjust feed amounts based on the birds' needs.
Becoming energy-efficient — Using LED lighting, insulating buildings, and using energy-efficient equipment can reduce the strain on our resources.
We give them the day off on their birthday — just kidding. They love producing eggs, so this is never an issue!
Why is sustainability so important these days?
As the global population grows and natural resources become more scarce, many people are recognizing the need to use resources more efficiently and conserve them for future generations.
People are also more aware of the impact we have on the environment and are looking for ways to decrease our collective carbon footprint and help reduce the growing threat of climate change.
Sustainable farming practices have a direct impact on the health and nutrition of our food supply by reducing our exposure to harmful chemicals and pollutants. We are also more aware of the ethical treatment of animals and care about their well-being. This means, avoiding eggs from farmers who keep their flocks in overcrowded, unsanitary cages that offer little room for the hens to move around, abuse or mistreat them or pump them full of antibiotics and hormones.
By being informed and choosing eggs that are produced using ethical and sustainable practices, consumers can help to promote a healthier and more humane food system.
How can you live a more sustainable life?
There are many ways that we all can promote sustainability in our daily lives, and here are a few examples.
Reduce energy use — Your dad was right… turn off lights when you leave the room!
Conserve water — Fix leaks, take shorter showers, and consider installing low-flow showerheads and faucets.
Reduce waste — Recycle, compost, and reuse items as much as possible. Avoid single-use items such as disposable plates and utensils.
Support sustainable businesses — Choose products and services from companies that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility… like Spring Creek Quail Farms!
By adopting these and other sustainable practices, individuals can make a significant impact and promote a healthier and more sustainable planet.
If you haven’t tried quail eggs yet… what are you waiting for? You can find them at many locations throughout North America, and most likely at a store near you. But be warned, once you try them, you can never go back to eating ordinary chicken eggs again!