From May to December we sell Broiler Hens (aka Young Meat Chickens) at our store
Our Chicken is raised “proudly on pasture” on our farm. The broiler chicken live in little huts that we move twice per day. They forage in the pen, and they also consume a GMO-Free Soy-Free organic grain that we provide for them. You can taste the difference. Our international clients say that our chicken tastes like chicken does in their country.
This is a step by step overview of how we handle the raising and preparation of our fresh chicken.
The benfits of our chicken raising methodology:
1. Organic, soy free chicken feed is healthier for the bird and the consumer.
2. The bird has a good life with our personal attention.
3. The employee works in a healthy environment not overwhelmed by ammonia.
4. Since we also buy local, every dollar stays in the local economy.
5. The environment benefits as our method of raising the chickens is natural fertilizer not concentrated.
Step 1: Organic Soy Free Feed – We start, maintain and finish our meat chickens with an organic, soy-free recipe that we purchase from a certified organic farm run by a great family about an hour drive from here. Unlike industrial-organic that might buy their grain from Brazil, we are certain of the quality of our feed and we are keeping the money in the local economy. Our grain costs up to 10x more than buying the grain from Brazil. However, we think it pays back handsomely.
Step 2: Diligent Care Under Our Supervision – We start the baby chicks in these metal brooders that are in the brooder room at our farm. We check on these chicks 2 or 3 times a day to make sure their temperature is right, food is right, and conditions are perfect. We raise about 800 broiler chickens at any one time. That’s just the right amount for us to supervise and care for.
Step 3: Pasture Raised Chicken: When the chicks can handle outside temperatures as their feathers come in, we move them outside to forage. We have a local he-man or woman to move the pen in the morning and evening so the chicks have fresh grass. Additionally, their manure is being spread evenly around our pasture so that we have great fertilzer!
Step 4: Careful Processing: We humanely process the chickens on site at our farm between June and October and we sell them at the store for the next few days before extras are moved to the freezer.
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Stew hens are available frozen year round. They have great flavor for soup as they’ve spent two years building up bone marrow and a richly dark yellow fat along with the meat. The meat is tough, which is why these hens are labeled stew hens.
Soup made from stew hens is very healthy. These layer hens have been roaming around the farm field for two years picking out what they need for a rounded diet. On top of that, they’ve been eating our non-GMO soy-free feed. When you use these hens for soup the soup has all the nutrition the hen has been gathering.
This is the Chicken Soup that might cure a cold. The many natural medicine enthusiasts who buy from our store look for the stew hens to make a special soup. Most chicken soup is made with young chicken, which is what we sell at our store most of the year. The soup from the stew hen is the one that allegedly cures many from colds. We have a Chinese lady across the street who doesn’t speak English very well. When she says, “Husband has cold, ” we know she’s in the market for a stew chicken.
History buffs. This is the chicken our ancestors ate. Before the 1940’s, Americans ate chicken twice a year. First when the young roosters were seen to be worthless. Second when the Stew hens were done laying.