Heritage Hens

 

We raise a variety of heritage breeds for both eggs and meat.   Our heritage birds are fed Non-GMO, antibiotic-free feed on day 1.  We do never give any growth hormones or appetite stimulants.  They are given ample space, fresh air and clean water to maintain a healthy environment. 

 

 Our heritage birds start their journey here as day old straight run chicks, that are hatched by a local breeder.  We provide them with access to pasture as soon as we can safely do so.  Baby chicks are fragile little beings and require consistent warmth and dry bedding.   When the weather is warm we try to have our chicks on the pasture as early as 2 weeks, but our typical average is 3 weeks with supplement heat as needed.  By 4-6 weeks old most are fully feathered and much more hardy.  Once we can determine the sex of the bird we separate the males and start them on a higher protein feed that will help them more develop more muscle.  They will be raised on pasture alongside our broilers and processed around 16 weeks.  They will average around 4lb roaster that will have a rich and delicious flavor.

 

The lucky little ladies will join our laying flock in the eggmoblie living out their lives enjoying sunshine, grass, bugs and normal chicken lives.  We do provide supplemental lighting to encourage winter laying and to bring new layers into lay much earlier than they would naturally.  After they are finished laying usually after 2 years, we process them to provide them with the most humane and low-stress processing experience we can provide.  The finished product results in a 2.5 lbs average stewing bird that is lean and makes flavorful stocks and soups.

 

We also will have Heritage Turkeys available for special order as well as guinea fowl and duck.