Meat Chickens

Overview

If you are looking for a humanely raised, organic-fed, supremely tasty chicken - you have come to the right place! Our birds are grown only during the peak of the season to ensure maximum tastiness. When the weather in the northeast begins to warm in earnest, typically by early May, our birds are moved to pasture so they can live a healthy and comfortable life where they consume large amounts of growing forage. We never grow birds too early in the spring or into the early winter when pastures have stopped growing - as some farms do.

This philosophy limits our production capacity but also ensures our birds are always grown in a healthy environment which benefits both the birds, the pastures, and your plate! In a typical season we grow five separate batches of birds,  with the birds ready for harvest beginning in early June.

Breeds

Depending on the season we may grow as many as four different breeds of meat birds which are available in varying quantities throughout the season. We love to trial new breeds as we continually seek the best tasting and healthiest birds we can find. We work closely with our hatchery to ensure we are getting the strains and breeds best suited to our growing methods.

Production Cycle

Our birds always have access to shelter, fresh clean water, healthy grains and lush pasture. Once out on pasture our birds spend their days with continual access to healthy pastures full of clovers and grasses, sunshine, and clean fresh air. The open floored coops are moved through the pasture daily (sometimes even twice a day) to guarantee a healthful and clean environment. The combination of natural light cycles, plentiful forage, excercise and organic grains ensures healthy tasty birds. The birds enjoy ranging in the early morning and evening and usually return to the safety of the coop at night for protection and comfort. The coops are surrounded by electrified fencing to provide additional protection from wandering dogs and other hungry predators.

Processing

We are state inspected and licensed to process our own birds! Through considerable efforts we have pioneered the approval and legal use of the Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU) in Massachusetts. Jen has become the "go-to" person in the state and regularly meets with the Mass. Dept of Public Health and other agencies to further strengthen and bolster the regulatory issues involving on-farm slaughter.

We process our birds up to five times during the season with the MPPU and generous help from scores of amazing volunteers. No spectators allowed, only workers - harvesting birds is serious business. E-mail us if you are interested in helping out!

What we feed our birds . . .


Our meat chickens are well-muscled birds and require a high quality balanced feed ration in order to meet their maximum tastiness. We pay great attention to the quality and maintenance of our pastures to ensure the birds are consuming as much green, healthy forage as possible. In large part, their consumption of clovers and grasses play a big role in ensuring a flavorful bird. The pastures provide anywhere from 5-25% of the total nutritional needs of our birds with the rest of their diet provided by a certified organic grain mixture of soybeans, corn, oats, wheat, vitamins, minerals, a mix of probiotics (lactobaccilus acidophilus) and grit (granite bits which aid digestion).

We have worked hard over the years to find the freshest and highest quality feed ration available in New England. We work closely with Green Mountain Feeds in the constant effort to improve our feed ration. For complete transparency we have included a scanned image (to the left) of the feed label. No antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or synthetics of any kind pass the beaks of our birds! Our feed is certified organic which means no GMO-grown corn or soy!

How to purchase?

Most of our meat chickens are sold in advance via our website. In early March, birds can be reserved with a small deposit and then picked up at our farm throughout the growing season on pre-determined dates, usually Sunday afternoons on select dates beginning in early June through October. Typically all the birds we plan to grow in a season will be completely sold out soon after pre-order reservations open up. Occasionally we do have extra birds available after a particularly good production cycle. When this occurs, we will have birds available for sale on a first-come, first-serve basis in our mini-store in Concord.

We do not ship - all products must be picked up at the farm in Concord!