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Organically-fed Pastured Chicken


Are you serious about your meats? So are we!

We have chosen to raise our chickens to be the best that we know how.

The breeds:
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The old-fashioned type meat chickens we use are called Nova Browns. These chickens, which are crosses from heritage breed parents, have several advantages. They are more aggressive foragers than the standard white Cornish/Rock cross chickens that are used by almost all commercial producers. The best part is their excellent meat quality and flavour, as testified by many satisfied customers and chefs. Having had a similar breed previously, we are confident that these chickens will please your taste.
Update for Summer 2017: We were not able to get Nova Browns so we will only have Meat Kings this season.

We also keep some of the Cornish/Rock cross, (aka Meat Kings), because of their exceptional feed efficiency. This breed is what sets chicken prices in Canada, and we grow some of these for: (a) those that want a cheaper price, and (b) those that are looking for high amounts of breast meat. They are definitely much better than the same breed raised in barns -  access to sun and pasture adds a lot of flavor, and improves the healthy fat profile.

The feeds:
As chickens are primarily grain and seed eaters, we feed them unsprayed grain along with what they consume from the pasture. They do, however, consume lots of bugs, seeds, and tender leaves of grasses and forbs. 

The environment:
Most of all, our chickens benefit from being outside in the sunshine and fresh air. (Who would envy any animal confined in a barn during the height of summer?) To keep them from being enjoyed prematurely by our coyotes, owls, eagles and foxes, we use our Cackellac movable shelters to keep them secure. These are moved twice a day to keep the pastures in a rotation, which always provides a fresh daily portion for the chickens, and gives the grass a chance to regrow. 


Since chickens are a tropical forest bird, they do not like cold, wet conditions. Therefore, they appreciate the shade and weather protection offered by the Cackellac shelter. However, they can be in the sun and the breeze whenever the weather is fine. These versatile units are easy to open up or close off more as needed. We like to keep our chickens comfortable and happy!

Processing:
We take the chickens to a licensed local abattoir when they reach market size. Here they are chilled and wrapped, after which we bring them back. They can also cut up and debone the chickens for an extra charge.  

Ordering:
Here are the 2017 dates for picking up fresh chickens:
 
  • July 7:  3 1/2 - 6 lbs
  • July 28:  5 - 7 lbs
  • September 14:  3 1/2 - 6 lbs                                                                                        
  • October 27:  5 - 8 lbs 

If you want to get them fresh, you can arrange to pick them up when we bring them back from the abattoir.

Contact us by email or telephone to reserve your chickens. 
We will also sell breasts and drumsticks from our freezer whenever we have them available .​