About the Project2018-07-10T22:09:34+00:00

About the Project

Country Hills Egg Farm received approval on an application for the construction of a new laying-hen barn located about five kilometres east of the city of Calgary and four kilometers west of Delacour. At full capacity, the new barn will house up to 100,000 hens and would produce two trailer loads of eggs a week. The operation will also house about 52,000 pullets, or young hens, in a separate barn until they mature enough to lay eggs.

The project will replace Country Hills Egg Farm’s old laying-hen facility that was decommissioned in 2011. The new location has been carefully selected to help reduce transportation-related impacts by bringing product closer to the Calgary market, therefore decreasing the commute distance. The proposed site is already owned by Country Hills Egg Farm and an existing egg grading station resides on a plot of land immediately south of it. The close proximity of the egg grading station also helps reduce transportation requirements.

An Egg Grading Station is a facility used to wash and package eggs in preparation for commercial sale.

Country Hills Egg Farm - Detailed Site Plan

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How an Egg Farm Operates

Canadian egg farmers follow strict protocols to ensure their operations are safe, their eggs are produced in a sanitary environment and to protect the welfare of their hens. The description below shows what it takes to operate a laying hen facility and to deliver safe, quality ingredients to your table.

  • All egg farms begin with eggs. Eggs are received from breeding flocks and housed in a building called a hatchery, in incubators, until they hatch. Once the chicks are born they are usually moved to another barn until they become mature enough to begin laying eggs, which is usually around 19 weeks of age. The term pullet is often used to describe a hen in this stage of development.
  • Raising hens. There are a number of systems that can be used to safely raise hens depending on the type of product the farmer is distributing, such as free range or vitamin enriched eggs. Ultimately, each facility is built to provide a clean and safe environment for the hens and the product.
  • Egg grading. Once laid and collected, eggs are sent to an egg grading station where they are washed, graded by size, weight and shell quality, and then placed into branded packaging with an expiry date. All of the eggs you see at the grocery store are rated Grade A, meaning they meet all of the top standards. Some eggs are processed into other forms, such as powder or liquid, to be used in restaurants or to make other products such as mayonnaise. These eggs (known as off-grades) are processed at an egg breaking station using a “breaker” which cracks eggs before processing.
  • At the grocery store. Once they have been graded and packaged, eggs are sent to the grocery store by refrigerated transport trucks.

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About Country Hills Egg Farm

The Gilani family – owners of Country Hills Egg Farm – have been involved in the egg farming business in Alberta since the 1970’s when they first purchased Sparks Eggs, a well-established laying hen operation in the city of Calgary. Since the Gilani’s took ownership of Sparks Eggs, the company continuously grew. The Gilani’s eventually began expanding into retail, sold all of their eggs and instead began purchasing product from local farmers, and continued to grow their egg grading operations. Sparks Eggs has since become one of Alberta’s leading egg suppliers and produces up to 1.5 million eggs every day.

In December 2016, the Gilani’s sold their interest in the egg grading business and are now focused on growing their new company, Country Hills Egg Farms, which includes a new hen laying facility to be located about five kilometres east of Calgary.

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