Free-range egg producer Clarence Court has planted a selection of fresh herbs for hens at its special breeds farm near Camborne, Cornwall.

The pampered hens will enjoy a variety of six herbs, which have been specifically chosen to promote good health and well-being.

As well as their regular natural cereal-based diet, the birds will be given feverfew, to help repel insects from the hens and mint to refresh and reinvigorate. Wild thyme will aid food absorption and green purslane will provide a rich source of vitamins and minerals to increase the eggs’ Omega 3 content.

Derived from the Latin word “salveo”, which means to heal, sage is being introduced to prevent tiredness and chamomile will assist in calming and soothing the birds.

Steve Pritchard from Premier Nutrition advised Clarence Court on the initiative and said: “The health of a hen is vital for achieving the best quality eggs. With a raft of healing properties, the herbs will enhance the birds’ diet and provide a holistic wellness for the ultimate in comfort and happiness.”

Lisa Rowe, Clarence Court director said: “In the same way that people are watching what they eat, the content of an egg is directly derived from what hens consume.”