Meet the Pastured Hen Division!
Our LAYING hens are happy, healthy and laying. We have had rave review about our eggs and people wonder what makes them taste so good and have such wonderful, orange yolks. The answer is that they are PASTURED…they get to be chickens; scratch around in the dirt, outside in the fresh air and sunshine, eating grass and greens and bugs. There is no crowding, no stress, no confinement, no artificial light that robs them of their circadian rhythms. The more natural resources a hen has in the pasture, the deeper the yellow-orange yolk will be. And the deep orange yolk means less cholesterol, fewer saturated fats, more vitamin A, B12, D, and beta carotene and more essential omega-3 fatty acid than eggs from factory raised hens.
So, go ahead and eat eggs! But be sure they are eggs from Pastured hens!
Every MEAT chicken sold here at the Farm has been raised from a day old chick. Our poultry is fed an organic, soy free feed which is free of any chemical additives, hormones or medications. They are raised in as healthy environment as possible.
The chicks are first housed in a brooder, that keeps them warm and out of harm’s way of predators. Their “bedding” material is rich in carbon which prevents toxic ammonia vapors. When the chicks are about 3 weeks old, we move them to their field home where they are free to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine scratching for bugs and greens and worms. There is shade, shelter and fresh water available at all times.
The chicken you purchase will be tasty, tender, juicy and nutritious.When they reach broiler weight they are humanely and compassionately processed here on the Farm.
We sell our chickens whole; either fresh or freshly frozen. Our typical broilers weigh from 3 ½ to 5 1/2 pounds and are available during the summer and fall only. They can be pre-ordered by calling or emailing the Farm or they can be purchased at our Saturday Market when available.
Egg carton labeling is very confusing. Here are a few things to look for next time you’re buying eggs.
FREE RANGE or FREE ROAMING according to the USDA means the chickens are “allowed access to the outdoors.” But, they do not have to go outside to be labeled “free Range”. There needs to be a small window or door that could be used to allow access to the outside. There are no restrictions as to what the hens can be fed and beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are permitted.
CAGE FREE means just that, they are not kept in cages. They are free to walk about inside the hen house that is most likely overcrowded and filthy. It does not mean they have access to the outdoors, but they can engage in many of their natural behaviors such as walking, nesting and spreading their wings. Beak cutting is permitted
VEGETARIAN only means that the chickens have not been fed any animal by-product. They may be caged or not, free range or not, there is no telling unless it also is on the package. The certain thing is that they have not been out on pasture, for chickens that are pastured eat worms and insects. There are no restrictions on living conditions.
ORGANIC eggs (if they are certified organic) come from chickens that are fed organic feed with no chemical, genetically modified organisms (GMO grains), irradiation or sewage sludge. There are no regulations on how the hens are kept. Beak cutting and forced molting by starvation is allowed under organic law.
CERTIFIED HUMANE means the chickens are uncaged but may be kept indoors at all time. There must be adequate room for them to stretch their wings, have perches and nest boxes. While forced molting through starvation is prohibited, beak cutting is allowed
PASTURED means the chickens are outside in their natural environment, free to scratch and forage on their own, dust bathe, flap their wings and act like chickens should. They are normally housed in a coop at night, have free access to nesting boxes and given supplemental grain. The term PASTURED usually refers to small, independent farmer who sell at farmer’s markets or directly to the consumer.
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