The Short Story…
Chicken Caravan was started by a 24 year old Daniel OBrien who needed some moveable chicken sheds for his new adventure into free range egg farming.
With the help of a friend Daniel put pen to paper and started designing a shed. Daniel and a mate built the first mobile chicken house in a small machinery shed at his parents house. Three years on, the egg farm was bought out by Daniel’s business partners. The business is still trading successfully today, while Daniel and his wife Jodi continue to sell Chicken Caravans world wide.
The Full Story…
Chicken Caravan was founded by Daniel OBrien. Daniel wanted to create sustainable farming systems to produce nutritious and sustainable organic produce. Daniel has a love for fitness, organic produce and great tasting food.
In August 2010, Daniel bought 2000 day old chicks to start a dream of having a free range egg farm. At the time he didn’t have any of his own moveable sheds, so Daniel with the help of a friend worked out a design criteria, and went to the drawing board. During this time he began looking for a partner with adequate organic pastures for a larger operation for their new business ‘Oxhill Organics’. They soon contacted Chris Eggert from Wauchope NSW, and after talking over the possibility to set up a certified organic free range egg farm, a partnership was formed. Since then it has been a journey of innovation and learning as they develop new ways of sustainable farming with a goal of producing a more nutritious and flavorsome organic egg.
Daniel went on to build the first Chicken Caravan in December 2010.
In March 2011, Ash Jones was employed as the primary fabricator. After building 6 Chicken Caravans for his own farming operation, other farmers began asking if he was going to start selling these ‘Chicken Caravans’. So in November 2011 Daniel, his dad Robert and Ash debuted the Chicken Caravan at the “Farming Small Areas Expo” in Richmond, Western Sydney. They consequently sold that first caravan to Farmer Brown’s Free Range Eggs in Dunedoo NSW.
2012 saw the operation of a full-time workshop building Chicken Caravans and the full-time employment of Ash Jones.
By mid 2012 the second Chicken Caravan was sold to Gippsland Free Range Eggs in Victoria.
Research and development continued, and soon they developed the Chicken Feed Trailer and Chicken Caravan 130 ?, the latter being a smaller scale version of the original 450 bird Chicken Caravan. The first 130 was sold to Buena Vista Farm in Gerringong.
By the end of 2012 the the team had sold 12 Chicken Caravans.
2013 was an auspicious start with the Chicken Caravan winning the Australian Farm Invention of the Year. The team began to expand with both an apprentice and a trainee joining the team.
In January 2013, the Eggert family took over the entire Oxhill Organics operation on their family farm at Wauchope NSW, and Daniel was able to devote more energy and focus into developing Chicken Caravans and other free range farming products.
2014 saw the development of the flat packed Chicken Caravans and these were field tested in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. In December of 2014 the first Chicken Caravan was exported from Australia to New Zealand and the first USA sales were made.
Daniel left school at the age of 15 and just wanted to breed chickens. Soon after leaving school, he got his first job at “Red Hill Farms” which is a certified organic avocado farm that also grew organic meat chickens, from then on Daniel started to learn about organics and poultry from his new boss and mentor John Shelley. Today Daniel and John are best of mates. Daniel went on to work at other free range egg farms and learnt as much as he could along the way.