Here on the farm it takes 60 days to grow a broiler chick to market weight. It takes 18 to 20 weeks to grow a turkey. All of our poultry is sold fresh right from the cooling tank, on the processing day. In order to do this, we need upfront commitments from our customers that they will be there on the pickup day to get them. We do not have the facilities to freeze large quality of poultry. Customers are served on a first-come first-served basis. We can only produce a limited number of birds with each batch, so order early to make sure you get yours! The down payment is non-refundable unless there are extenuating circumstances, or for some reason you are not satisfied with the product on pickup day.
What happens on pickup day?
On your scheduled date, you are asked to be here between 2pm and 4pm. If for some reason you cannot make it, please arrange for a friend or family member to pick up for you. Be sure to bring coolers and ice to keep your birds cold, they will not be frozen. You should freeze them as soon as you get home.
What do your chickens and turkeys eat?
Both our chickens and turkeys are fed using local organically grown (uncertified) feed. When the chickens are three weeks old (strong enough to tolerate the weather) are moved outside to movable pens. Each day the pen is moved to fresh ground so the chickens can eat fresh grass and bugs. At five weeks old our turkeys graze free-range in a half-acre pasture, where they have access to a pond, and lots of timothy, alfalfa, and clover.
Is your poultry organic?
We are not a certified farm, but everything is grown organically. We don’t use any hormones, antibiotics, or drugs of any kind.
How big are your chickens and turkeys?
The broilers chickens we raise are usually in the 4.5 to 6.0 pound range. With the turkeys our goal is the 18 to 20 pound range, but this is a bit harder to predict. We usually have several as low as 14 pounds, and a few tipping the scale at over 24 pounds.
How is your poultry processed?
We process all our poultry right here on the farm. The whole family and sometimes a few friends help with the job. This avoids the stress from transporting the birds, and ensures that people that care about quality are inspecting the end product.