About the Project

Country Hills Egg Farm has applied to the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) to expand our egg farm operation.

If approved, Country Hills Egg Farm will be pursuing two expansion projects in tandem, expanding its current site by adding a new laying hen barn and increasing the capacity to the current pullet barn. In addition, a new ‘expansion’ site will include a new pullet barn. Both new barns will employ new dryer and manure management technology.

Site Existing Proposed Expansion Total Following Expansion
Current Site 100,000 Laying Hens

52,000 Pullets

+ 51,200 Laying Hens

+11,000 Pullets

151,200 Laying Hens

63,000 Pullets

Expansion Site 0 hens +63,000 Pullets 63,000 pullets
Total Both Sites 151,200 Laying Hens

126,000 Pullets

Our Commitment

We value the trust of our neighbours and are steadfastly dedicated to operating in a respectful and environmentally conscious way.

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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.

Click here for more information about egg farming in Alberta.

About Country Hills Egg Farm

From our hen house to your family.

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 a farm with a well-established laying hen operation in the city of Calgary. Since the Gilani’s took ownership, the company continuously grew. The Gilani’s eventually began expanding into retail, sold all of their eggs and began purchasing eggs from local farmers, and continued to grow their egg grading operations. The Gilani’s former business 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 farm, Country Hills Egg Farms.

About the Application