Our baby chicks arrive on the farm just one day after they’ve hatched. Their first home is the brooder house, which is a chick nursery, where they stay for the first 3 weeks when they are big enough and strong enough to move out to pasture. They are fed a non-GMO, corn and soy free feed that includes healthy ingredients such as probiotics and natural trace minerals from The Red Bridge Farm in Colville. Antibiotics, hormones, steroids, synthetic vitamins, and appetite enhancers are never part of our chicken’s diet.
When the chicks are 3 weeks old they move out of the brooder/nursery and onto the pasture where they live in chicken tractors like those used by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. These are portable pens that protect the chickens from predators and from the weather while allowing them to live their lives on fresh grass as they scratch and peck for bugs on clean pasture. Every morning their chicken tractor is moved to fresh grass and they are delighted to do chicken things – eating fresh greens, scratching in the dirt, and hunting for insects. As they move through the pastures they leave behind a well nourished soil and the grasses grow back better than ever. Pastured chickens play a key role in holistic restoration agriculture and restoring the world.
Because our chicken’s diet consists of high quality feed, fresh pasture daily, and all the bugs they can find, their meat is naturally high in many essential nutrients. Because our chickens are never crowded or left to stand in their own waste and they are always out in the fresh air, they don’t get sick and require medication to survive – so your meat doesn’t contain antibiotic residue. Not to mention that they are simply happier than confined chickens.
We hand process our chickens at a local state-inspected mobile processing facility. The average weight for a dressed chicken is between 3 and 5 pounds. Our chickens sell fast for $5.00 per pound, processed, packaged, and frozen.
Raising broiler chickens is not a year-round venture due to our longer cold & wet season, so it’s important to stock up during the spring, summer, and early fall months if you want our pasture raised chicken on your table all year long!
Many of us are accustomed to buying chicken in parts and buying a whole chicken is a little intimidating. What am I supposed to do with a whole chicken? If you’ve never broken down a whole chicken into it’s parts, this video will show you how. Once you do it you’ll be pleased that it really isn’t difficult at all!
If you are interested in chicken organs and/or feet & necks for your bone broth or other needs, I will have these available separately as well. Some wonderful information on chicken bone broth and organ meats can be found at The Weston A Price Foundation website.
By following our blog and/or our facebook page you can see regular updates on our pasture raised animals and other projects on The Tikkun Homestead. You can follow our regular updates on our pastured chickens by clicking on this link: Pasture Raised Chickens