It was a perfect autumnal day when we turned off the Bass Highway and headed for Forth to meet Andrew (partner Caroline was on a trip to town) and their 200 hens. Their extremely friendly free range chooks fossick during the day alongside neighbouring echidnas, possums and wallabies on a combination of grassed paddocks and bush. As refugees from western Australia, the couple established their sustainable farm On The River Bank three years ago with the aim of supplying the local community with good quality, DPIPWE-approved free range eggs. While Andrew showed us through the hens' spacious sleeping and feeding quarters he explained how the girls are fed on a formulated chicken feed mix, produced locally by a fellow free-range egg producer, and how the paddocks are maintained without the use of chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. Andrew and Caroline's eggs feature in hilbarn boxes this week for people who tick the egg option.