Free Range vs. Pastured
Some may think the two are the same, but their definitions vary quite drastically. In order for a bird to be pastured, they must have access to grass for the majority of their life. In the USDA’s definition of free-range, the producer simply has to show they've provided access to the outside. The majority of most free-range operations have a small hatch the opens up to bare dirt due to over grazing. No grass, no bugs, no good.
Our birds have plenty of room and fresh air from the day they are brought on our farm to the day we process them ourselves. They start in our covered brooder with heat lamps to serve as their warmth source above, and a deep bedding of wood chips to scratch in below. When they reach 2 weeks, they have access to an open pen to get extra sunshine and stretch their wings a little more. At 3 to 4 weeks we take them out into their own mobile “tractors”, each equipped with fresh water and chicken feed.
Our feed comes from a local mixer and the birds are offered it from day one. Once on pasture, it is available in conjunction with the fresh grass they are moved to daily. When the time comes we collect the ready ones, and process them into a clean, ready to cook product.
Our broilers are pasture raised, organically fed, antibiotic free, and humanely processed. Not to mention, they are the best darn bird you will ever taste. That being said, there are a lot of costs that go along with raising chicken of this quality.
Our chicken is $4.50/lb.
We do offer fresh birds from June- November, and frozen birds year-round until we sell out (we do sell out).
We also offer wholesale pricing for larger orders. Our birds are great for caterers, and have been featured in weddings, parties, and events. Contact us to inquire about purchasing retail or wholesale birds.
In addition to chicken we offer other meat as well:·
- · Pastured Turkey – We will have a limited amount of Turkeys this year right around Thanksgiving. Use this form to inquire about Turkey
- Whole Goat – In the fall, we process a number of our yearling goats for meat. Young goat is comparable to lamb, but is milder and less fatty.
- Grass-fed Highland Cattle Beef- ¼, ½, and full shares of beef.
We believe in an open door policy and invite any of our customers to come see our farming practices.