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Our Chickens

As many of you know we raise our chickens on pasture, here are a few details…

We receive the chicks when they are 24 hours old. They need to be kept warm so we have special brooders. The chicks are moved to pasture at two and half weeks old. After that their shelter is moved every day to a fresh spot in the paddock.

Hungry broiler, scouting for some dinner.

Many customers enjoy watching the pens as they move up and down the hills as the summer months go by. This continuous rotation allows the grass a chance to rest after the heavy manure application from the broilers–the benefits of which can be clearly seen a month after they have moved by the lush green grass growing there!

The vitamins in the grass allow for a healthier chicken which does not require antibiotics to survive. A study by Barbara Gorski showed that when compared to confinement chickens, broilers raised on pasture had less fat, fewer calories, more vitamin A, more omega-3s.

Legally, in Missouri, we are able to process chicken on the farm and sell it. This gives a major benefit to the chicken and the consumer. The chickens are handled carefully to minimize stress. Our processing is done to maximize cleanliness (in a way large processors can’t), leaving our chicken “squeaky clean”. Unlike industry, our chickens don’t need a bleach bath.
We continue to expand the number we raise each year but are having trouble keeping enough in the freezers. We encourage you to consider the amount your family will use and reserve it. This allows us to do a better job estimating the number we need to raise.

Broilers are not curious as laying hens are–they are far to practical for that. Their lifespan is short and they focus on eating whether it is grass, bugs, or feed.

FRESH chicken - limited supply

We only offer fresh (not frozen) chicken on processing days. We are pleased to announce we have 2 days open yet with a fair amount of chicken available and one with a few. If you have not reserved your chickens for the winter yet NOW is the time to do...Read More »

Turning Chickens Back to Nature

June 16, 2005

Linda Redeffer wrote an article about our farm. You can read the article entitled Turning Chickens Back to Nature in the Southeast Missourian. Darrell, our son, got to be on the cover. So cute!

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Adding to the Flock

Laying hens in eggmobile.

Each year we try to guess/estimate/forecast how many hens we will be needing.

It takes 5-6 months for a hen to be laying regularly so we really are just trying to predict the future of how many new customers...Read More »

Chickens Week Three

The chicks are now three weeks old. They are so cute as they scamper about. They know where to go to find food and water. They are curious explorers. Now, they are ready for their next adventure.

This week they move out to pasture where we have movable houses waiting for...Read More »

Chickens Week Two

The are now two weeks old. They are moved to outdoor “rooms” with Ohio brooders. The “rooms” are in a hoophouse so there is a fair amount of air movements and temperature fluxuation. The Ohio Brooder is a box with light bulbs for heat. The box is up on legs...Read More »

Chickens Week One

Oh, we all just love when the chicks arrive! They are so sweet and adorably cute! It just brings out the motherly instinct in me.

You see, they arrive by mail in a box. Since they have no mother, they need some guidance. We give them their first drinks of water...Read More »

4 Responses to Our Chickens

  1. Rhiannon says:

    do you sell baby chicks?? i am looking for some red or black sex links or golden comets..if you dont sell you a place near by that does? thanks God bless!!

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