Pastured Poultry Production & Processing
We begin with exceptional day old chicks from reputable hatcheries. From the day they arrive at the homestead to the day before they are harvested.
Our chicks receive fresh ACV infused water, non-GMO soy free organic feed (from a local feed mill), and all the fresh grass they can eat. Being raised on pasture also allows our poultry to consume insects while foraging.
Our poultry aren’t free ranged but rather are kept in predator proof movable pens. Our area has numerous predators such as hawks, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and opossums. Between 8 & 12 weeks chickens are processed on-farm under the USDA poultry processing exemption.
We take our responsibility as stewards of God’s creation seriously. That means our poultry are treated with dignity during the daily interactions and during the butchering process. (We may be adding Duck’s to the list in 2021)
Farm fresh eggs: Our red sex link pullets are maturing and will be in full production mode when Spring 2021 arrives. They produce a large brown egg. Our hens are fed nonGMO, soy-free, organic feed that we source from a local feed mill. Their movable coop is moved weekly to fresh grass where they’re able to forage for greens grass as well as insects. This is done under the watchful eye of the Rhode Island Red Rooster. Eggs will be available for eating or hatching.
Pen-raised Coturnix quail
We are licensed with the state of NC to breed and butcher quail on-farm and sell to anyone in our state. Quail may be small but they pack in a lot of nutrients and are high in protein. Not to mention the great flavor!
Our quail are raised in movable pens across fresh grass. Access to fresh grass and insects allows the quail to diversify their diet. Our quail are confined to pens for their safety. Domesticated quail don’t fly well and make easy prey for the numerous predators in our area.
As stewards of God’s creation, one of our rolls is to keep the animals in our care safe while also allowing them opportunity to express their uniqueness, or “quailness”.
***In limited quantity, we’ll have fresh eggs available to purchase for eating or hatching
New Zealand Rabbits
We currently have three breeder doe’s and one breeder buck meat rabbits. From these three, we’re producing cute babies for the purpose of selling as pets, & as breeder stock. Others will be going into freezers.
There are many benefits to consuming rabbit meat. It is a lean, protein packed meat that can be cooked any number of ways, just like poultry. Our baby rabbits are put into grow out pens where they have free access to fresh grass throughout the day. This is supplemented with feed and hay that is available to them free choice.