How our whole chickens are raised
We raise and process Cornish cross meat chickens in small batches during the summer months.
They arrive as day-old chicks and spend approximately 3 weeks in a special brooder room where they stay warm and dry as they begin feathering out. After 3 weeks of age, they can then move outside into our specially designed moveable chicken tractors. Chris designed and built our tractors so that they can easily be moved by one person. Each tractor comfortably houses 17 meat chickens or 10 layer pullets. Visit this page for more information on ordering our digital plans for the tractor.
The chicken tractor is moved daily onto fresh grass, which allows the birds to scratch and peck for any seeds or bugs they may find, as well as leaving behind the manure which fertilizes the grass.
To reserve your whole chickens, a $5 per bird deposit is required. The deposit amount will be deducted from the final cost of the bird(s) at pick up time. The average finished weight is approximately 4.5 to 6.5 pounds per bird. The price is $5.50 per pound, so the average total price per chicken is approximately $28-36.