Our chickens are a heritage variety called Freedom Rangers.The breed was first developed in France for their specialty gourmet market that emphasizes taste and traditional pasture-based farming methods. These chickens grow slower than the typical supermarket breed and develop much more flavorful meat. They also have a more natural proportion of breast to leg meat.
We start our baby chicks in a brooder under heat lamps until their feathers start to grow. After a couple weeks, we move them onto pasture but we keep the heat lamps on until all their feathers have grown out, about four weeks of age. They continue to live on our rolling pasture in movable chicken coops, which are designed to protect the birds from predators while giving them space to scratch for seeds and bugs. We move the coops daily so that the birds never live on top of their manure and have access to new grass and bugs all the time. This practice is regenerative to the land as it takes advantage of the chickens’ fertilizing power without over-saturating the land with manure.
In addition to the seeds and bugs they naturally forage from the land, we feed them a diverse diet of non-GMO corn, wheat, rice, soy, peanuts, peas and lima beans. Some of the feed is organic but not all. Most importantly we believe in a diverse and nutritious diet for our birds. We also give them organic raw apple cider vinegar to boost their immune system. These birds live a low-stress life with fresh air, exercise and healthy diet. They do not get antibiotics or drugs of any kind.
Also don’t forget to check out our pigs!