Free range chickens enjoy resort life!
In an egg-beating first, Six Senses Yao Noi have set up a chicken farm to supply organic eggs for guests. With the flock of laying hens currently numbering 200, the pampered birds will be supplying most of the resort’s breakfast egg requirements.
Six Senses Yao Noi has launched an organic chicken farm, supporting Six Senses’ core values of sustainability and respect for the environment. In January the resort purchased 200 young laying hens and as of April 2014 the farm now provides guests with fresh eggs daily. In future it is planned to even increase the flock and it is estimated that the chickens will supply the resort with all their eggs.
Jim Driskell, senior chef de cuisine at The Dining Room, the resort’s organic European cuisine restaurant, in conjunction with Pimjai Doungnate (“Khun Pim”), the resort’s Sustainability and Quality assurance manager, developed the organic chicken farm from initial planning to implementation. Chef Jim had substantial experience from his time working in the United States, Chile and Japan at several world renowned farms to table restaurants.
Due to the great care in developing the organic farm, a tour of the facility has become one of the top guest experiences.
Eating healthy, nutritious meals is essential to prevent chronic disease, premature aging and provide balanced nutritional requirements. Free-range organic chickens eating a healthy, natural diet pass on the benefits in the form of clean, healthy and low cholesterol eggs. Six Senses Yao Noi chickens are fed organic agricultural kitchen by-products including carrot pulp, vegetable trimmings, organic rice bran and E.M. which is an effective microorganism solution. No chemicals are used, nor purchased chicken food.
The chickens are the happiest chickens anyone will ever see. They have their own sound music system and the resort has built them a workout facility called The Chicken Gym. The wooden structure is a multi-level installation with terracing steps for exercise sessions. Koh Yao Noi’s famous animal doctor Khun Ead, a lifelong lover of all animals and qualified veterinarian, regularly inspects the chickens to ensure optimal, health conditions and provides advice pertinent to the special conditions on the island.
By eating pure organic matter, chickens significantly reduce the overall waste of the resort. Six Senses Yao Noi is aggressively working towards Zero Waste. The use of organic eggs also contributes to the resorts efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The chicken farm is 1,315 feet (400 metres) from the kitchen. In modern day society most of the eggs normally travel hundreds of miles from farm to warehouse to supermarket to end user. Another positive side product is the chicken manure which is a rich organic fertilizer used in the resort’s organic vegetable gardens.
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