Pastured Chicken

Most people don’t know what happens to a chicken in a factory.  We hear “factory food” and we think bad thoughts . . . but do you know why?  I won’t go into details (just in case you have weak stomach) but at the end of the process, each chicken must be “cleaned” in bleach water.  Three times.  Oh, you buy organic?  Guess what – if that chicken was processed in a factory, it was dipped in bleach too.  Was it worth the extra money?

We do not feed our chickens organic feed.  It would double the cost of production!  To us, that is not value adding.  What does add value to our chickens is how we process our birds (more on that below).  All of our animals get non-medicated feed.  Additionally, our animals are all antibiotic free.  ** New for 2019:  our meat birds are now non-GMO **

Chicks - 4 weeks
Pastured Chickens. 4 Weeks old.

We provide fresh grass for our birds each day and a lovely change of scenery.  Our birds also get lots of space (because crowded living conditions breed sickness and disease).  Occasionally a chicken does get a name, but we’ve been doing this so long that most of the meat birds are named “Cluck Cluck” (things like this happen when children help on the farm).

When the Butchering Day arrives, we process the chickens ourselves.  A kosher, on-site kill is the most stress-free way to butcher the birds.  Betsy bleeds them out, Zeke runs the plucker (see below) and Mike gets them ready for selling by doing the really gross stuff – like carefully extracting the innards.  That’s the part that machines in a factory can really mess up.  Fortunately, Mike is meticulous about not letting poop and stomach acid on his food (or yours!).  You can thank him later.  🙂

SALES:  We sells our non-GMO birds for $3.00/pound.  Our birds average 5 – 8 pounds.