Our chickens are raised seasonally on fresh pasture. Our chicks are first brooded in our barn and then are moved outdoors. Here they happily live in moveable bottomless shelters on pasture. The shelters provide protection from the elements and predators but allow them access to forage on insects and vegetation, take dirt baths, soak up the sun and fresh air and to scratch the ground as much as they like! The shelters are moved daily to provide fresh forage and clean living conditions.
In addition to providing the best living environment, we also provide our chickens with the best feed, certified organic and Non-GMO feed. We also give them goodies from our garden!
To ensure a healthy chicken, we take the extra step by fermenting their feed. It's more labor intensive but we believe that the health benefits out-weigh the additional labor. Lacto-fermentation has many great health benefits for chickens and people. Not only does it act as a pro-biotic (like yogurt) adding to better digestion; the fermentation process also unlocks nutrients stored within the grains. This means that our chickens get the most out of their food. It also helps keep them hydrated, an extra step in reducing any stress. And who wants to eat dry food all of the time!
Last year, we raised two varieties of chicken: Cornish Cross and a Red Ranger variety. Although happy with our results raising both breeds, for this coming season, we are only planning on raising the Cornish Cross variety. If there is enough interest in the Red Ranger, we may be able to include them later in the season.
From our farm to your table. Our chickens are professionally butchered and each chicken is USDA inspected. At this time, chickens are available whole with neck and giblets provided in the cavity. Chickens are bagged and hot water dipped to remove air. Unlike chicken from the grocery store, our chickens are fresh! You can pick up your chicken(s) fresh! Chickens can be provided either fresh or frozen depending on pick up or delivery options (see our Chicken CSA Section under Shop). We freeze ourchickens at the peak of freshness (usually within 24-36 hours of butchering) so when defrosted theyare just as good as when they went into the freezer. The grocery store can't beat that.
There are many benefits to purchasing a whole chicken. Not only do you get the most for your money, but there are many options for making the most of a whole chicken. You can make multiple meals from 1 chicken. Roast a whole chicken for dinner, make chicken salad with leftovers, and then use carcass for soup! If you elect to receive your chickens fresh, cut up and portion off the chicken for future meals, prior to freezing. Sold? Check out our Shop options!