Our broilers and layers are all free range and pasture raised. But what does that mean? It means different things for broilers, which will be used for meat, and layers, which produce eggs.
USDA says that a broiler chicken is “free range” if it has the opportunity to go outdoors during 25% of its life. It doesn’t mean that the chicken actually has to go outside, it just has to have the opportunity to go outside. Our chickens go outside at 3 weeks of age when they fledge (get their adult feathers). They live in a large, fenced-in yard. They have a tent for shade and shelter from the rain, and every day they are moved to fresh grass where they eat clover and bugs and, of course, grass, along with their locally grown and milled, non-GMO grains. Ultimately, this painstaking effort produces a happy chicken and great tasting meat.
We sell our broilers through a modified community supported agriculture (CSA) program. To participate, simply let us know that you’re interested by contacting us. We’ll reply with a request to let us know how many chickens you would like each month from June to September. We’ll grow that number of chickens for you each month and you simply pick them up at the farm.
After the broilers are gone, the grass that they fertilized and improved is used to feed our lambs in the fall.
To purchase our chicken, please contact us.
Our layer chickens live in a “chicken tractor” from spring to fall. As our sheep are moved around our pasture system, the chickens are moved into the vacated sheep paddocks. There, they clean the pasture and help improve soil fertility. In the winter the hens live in a spacious hen house – a re-purposed pool cabana. We get eggs all year long, even though we never light the hen house.