At our farm we pasture all of our birds and feed them only certified organic grain and our organic veggies. We do not the white cornish cross birds – those one do not do well on pasture and have meat mostly only on their breasts. The birds we raise for meat are a slower growing (ready in 10 – 12 weeks vs 6-7 weeks), excellent foragers, and do what chickens do best, fly, flap their weeks, dust bathe, peck, scratch, play, get picked up by 3 years old, etc 🙂 These chickens get to be real chickens – like they should be. We raise them in open pasture with electric flexi-netting to keep the predators out and they have mini hoop house structures for rest and shade. These birds are the tastiest you will ever have, and there is quality meat all over the bird, not just in the breast. We strive for highest quality of food for your table and ours.
Our chicks come from Pennsylvania Dutch Country from a small family farm who is committed to raise real quality chickens. The breeding stock is imported from the regions of Burgundy and Brittany (France). The genetic stock is derived from the American and European old heritage breed of chicken and was developed in the early 1960’s to meet the highest standards of the French Label Rouge Free Range program. Currently, these chickens are used by non-factory farm (like our farm) production models (alternative) all across Europe and also by small pastured poultry producers in search of a traditionally raised farm chicken – just like the “oldies”, healthy and with a succulent flavor and texture.
Since these chickens are a slower growing breed, they are naturally better suited to the higher welfare and all true natural rearing systems (full pasturing, free range, organic, certified, backyard etc.…). In the United States most modern poultry industrial production models use fast growing breeds (hybrid white synthetic Cornish crosses).
Natural instinct and behavior is preserved in the selection and growing methods of thee chickens and it goes without saying that our birds love foraging in pastures, free ranging outside, always looking for natural sunlight and fresh air, as well as ground scratching and dust bathing. At the hatchery they strongly believe in traditional and environmentally friendly farming methods, and we are convinced that allowing the chickens to do what comes naturally ensures an incredible meal for your table!
We are pleased to offer you these birds. We will have fresh birds (not frozen)for sale the weekend of July 4th, weekend of July 9th and again in mid August. Other times they maybe available frozen.
Certified Organic Chickens are $6.00lb and range in weights from 3- 6lbs.