Poultry

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Pastured Poultry

We raise chickens for eggs, and stewing purposes. We also raise broilers and turkeys.

We are very concerned about how food is raised and grown in this country.  That is one of the reasons we started to raise our own.  We believe in a grass based system for our meats.  There are some links to excellent articles about grass based meats on our Beef page.

We pick up all of our chicks and turkey poults when the are a day old.  We put them in a warm brooder with fresh water and feed.  They stay in the brooder until they are old enough to go outside.  They are then placed in movable pens called Chicken Tractors.  They go wild over the green grass and bugs.  These pens are moved at least once a day onto fresh grass.  It does not take them long to know their pen is being moved and they are very eager to start searching the new grass.  The turkeys actually eat more of the grass then the chickens do, but they all enjoy a fresh salad bar.  They are given grain and fresh water each day.  The pens have tarps that can be let down when storms come.

Our laying hens free range on our farm.  We see them in the woods, in the pasture, by the pond, in our front yard, etc.  Sometimes finding eggs can be a real challenge.  Most of the time they do lay them in the coop or in the sheep barn.  Each night they make their way back to the coop and are locked up for the night to protect them.  We always seem to be short on eggs, so we ordered more laying chicks this year than normal.  The hens are laying great and we have eggs!!!

Our broilers and turkeys are pre-ordered.  We usually run at least 3 batches of broilers a year and 1 batch of turkeys that are ready the week of Thanksgiving.

We are taking orders for our broilers for 2013! They are filling up fast, so reserve yours while you can!!  You can ask to be put on our farm list so that you will get an email when our order form comes out each year.



Comments

Poultry — 32 Comments

  1. Woud you consider selling a rooster? We have a small flock of free range chickens in Howard, and just lost our buddy, King, the rooster. He was an Araucana and a gentleman… Looking for another Araucana or Buff Orpington, or some other pleasant rooster.

  2. I don’t know if your chicken list is different from you beef list but could you add me to this one too? Thanks!

  3. Hello. I’m so glad to have found you! I’d love to be added to your farm list, thanks. We recently purchased a lot of freezer meat, but when that is gone, we would like to switch to buying from you. It will probably take a few months to get through all of our meat, but I promise that you will hear from us again after that! I’d also like to order a turkey for this Thanksgiving – what is the process for that?

    We live in Centerburg, so we’re very close to you. In fact, we go to Utica every week to pick up our CSA produce, our fresh milk, and other items from Sugar & Spice and Legend Hills Orchard. Now that I’ve found you, it looks like we’re going to be doing nearly all of our grocery shopping in Utica. That’s definitely the place to be! :)

    Thank you. I’m so happy that there are people like you who care about what we put in our bodies.

    Best regards,
    Sandra Sutherlin

  4. We would like to place an order for a Thanksgiving turkey. Please let us know what needs to e done to place an order. Please email or call.
    Thank you for your time,
    The Strawser Family

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