Step 1: Organic, Soy-Free Feed –
We start, maintain, and finish our meat chickens with an organic, soy-free recipe we purchase from a certified organic farm (run by a great family) located about an hour from Mary’s Land. Unlike many industrial-organic farms that may buy their grain from Brazil, we’re certain of the feed quality and its origins. 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 Supervision –
We start baby chicks in metal brooders. We check their temperature, food, and conditions them 2 or 3 times a day. Our staff raises about 800 broiler chickens at any given time, which is just the right amount for us to supervise and care for.
Step 3: Pasture-Raised Chicken –
When the chicks can handle outside temperatures, they’re moved outside for foraging. We ask a local he-man or woman to move the pen in the mornings and evenings, so the chicks have fresh grass. Additionally, their manure (which is a great fertilizer) is being spread evenly around the pasture!
Step 4: Careful Processing –
We humanely process the chickens on site between June and October; we sell them fresh at the store for the next few days before extras are moved to the freezer.
Please download, print, read, and circulate the Broiler Raising Overview, which describes our holistic and natural method of raising great-tasting chickens.