Our pastured poultry enjoy fresh air outside in a predator-protected, heated nursery until they are big & strong enough to handle the un-heated, turbulent East Texas weather by themselves. We introduce them to grass ASAP, within predator protection, which we move daily for fresh forage, bugs, & nutrients. They have 24 hour access to non-GMO, non-soy feed and water.
We believe happy, healthy chickens make the most nutritious, best tasting meat. Whether they are basking in the sunshine, lounging in shade, or chasing bugs through the fields, the strong, active immune systems of our chickens allow us to forgo antibiotics, hormones, and other drugs. Our chickens forage in the woods, scratch in the pastures, and are supplemented with non-GMO, non-soy feed, wild bird seed, and kitchen scraps.
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Are the chickens free-range? What does free-range even mean? These are some of the most common questions we hear from customers. We have two types of chickens on our farm: stewing hens and meat birds. As you might expect, many predators lurk in the shadows out in the country: coyotes, dogs, hawks, snakes, raccoons, cats, wild hogs, and more. We work to find the best balance between fresh pasture daily and protection from these ever-present dangers.
STEWING HENS: Stewing hens enjoy their free-range, low-stress lifestyle. These seasoned professionals are older hens who are reaching the end of their prolific egg-laying career (2+ years old) and are larger and tougher than meat birds, so are perfect for a slow-cooking crock-pot. We move them to fresh pasture every 1-3 days in their portable Egg-Mobile, a chicken coop on a flatbed trailer. We keep these ladies safe from predators by letting them forage freely within a 100-foot electric fence during the day, and we close their mobile coop door at night.
MEAT BIRDS: Our pastured meat birds are younger (newly hatched - 20 weeks old) and are more vulnerable to predation. They live in a predator-proof, floor-less, portable pen, which we have constructed to keep them safe. We move these birds to a fresh patch of pasture daily, so they get as many green, growing nutrients as possible, which we supplement with non-GMO, non-soy feed. These chickens are processed between 12-20 weeks old, so their meat is tender and great for broiling.
Whole meat birds and whole stewing hens available in December 2018 upon reservation.