Name: Chris and Susan Cox, Tim and Lissa Cox and children; Hanna and Austin, Warren and Melany Cox and children; James, Grace, Keith, Adrian and Avery.
Farm: Seaview Poultry Ltd.
Location: Starr's Point, Nova Scotia
Farming Since: 1976
Other: Beef cattle, broiler chickens, grain crops and wood lot
When Seaview Poultry farm in Starr’s Point decided to expand in 2013, farmer Tim Cox needed to build a new barn to house the additional hens. Together with the other shareholders in the family business, his parents Chris and Susan and brother Warren, Tim opted to build a fully enriched computer-controlled barn. In this type of housing, the hens live in small groups with access to perches and a curtained area where they can lay their eggs.
“The birds are very comfortable,” says Tim. “The health and well-being of our birds is very important to us, as it is to all farmers.”
Tim and his family also grow crops they feed to the hens and raise beef cattle and pullets. He likes the challenges that come with farming and working through them to provide high-quality, nutritious food for consumers every day.
Chris and I (Susan) have been farming for almost 40 years in Starr’s Point, first raising cattle and hogs. Our two sons Warren and Tim are the 4th generation of my family to farm the property that is now the home of our egg laying hens.
When Warren and Tim graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, we decided that after raising hogs for 30 years it was time to change and expand so we purchased egg quota. It was a huge undertaking, but it has allowed our family to work and grow together.
Yes, there are 26 licensed egg farmers in Nova Scotia who produce fresh, local and high-quality eggs for Nova Scotians to enjoy every single day. Most eggs found in your retail store are locally produced.
Our family’s favourite egg recipe is Smoked Salmon Frittata. When in season we add fresh fiddleheads or asparagus -so delicious! You can find the recipe here.