All our chickens are raised on pasture as soon as they are old enough to handle the elements, normally at two weeks of age. They are kept in large day range paddocks both of which are moved on a regular basis. Chickens raised on pasture will get 1/3 to 1/2 their diet from grass. Recent USDA study found that pasture raised chickens have 21% less total fat, 30% less saturated fat, 28% fewer calories. The breast meat was so lean that it could be considered “fat free”. At the same time the meat had 50% more vitamin A and 100% more omega-3’s.
Three things that makes our chicken excellent:
Our chickens love salad. By raising chickens right on the pasture, the chickens spend a great deal of time eating grass and bugs. This natural diet is much healthier then the “fast food” diet they are fed in factory farms. And the chickens have plenty of room to move around and get the exercise needed to make lean yet extremely flavorful and tender meat. The fresh air and sunshine produce healthy birds that do not need the routine antibiotics that are mixed right into the feed on factory farms.
We process most of our chickens on site and by hand. We also use a small, local, family-run processor for some small batches of chicken throughout the year. We use plenty of clean, cold water, and make sure we only process chickens in small batches to prevent any contamination. I am proud to be able to look my customers in the eye and hand them a chicken that I know is safe for their family. If you are ever up to it, we would be happy to have you come out on processing day.
Respect for nature
Most conventional chickens, including “free-range organic” never see the light of day, literally. You don’t have to be an activist to recognize that the conditions in our nation’s factory farms are a disgrace. At our farm, we try to understand the natural inclination of our animals and use these inclinations in a holistic way to create healthy animals, a healthy farm, and a overall better community. We invite you to be a part of it.
Our laying hens live in an RV camper that we move around the farm. In nature, herds of grazing animals such as buffalo are followed by birds that would sanitize the prairie. In the same way, we rotate our grazing animals such as cows and goats, and then follow them with our laying hens. This ensures that our laying hens always have access to fresh pasture. Like all our animals, our hens are never given any hormones or routine antibiotics.
There is a remarkable difference between pastured eggs and conventionally raised eggs. The whites are firm and do not run across the pan and the yolks are bright orange and creamy. The bright orange yolks are due to the large amounts of beta-carotene in the pasture they eat. Studies have shown pastured eggs have 10% less fat, 40% more vitamin A, and a whopping 400% more omega-3s as well as 34% less cholesterol.