We raise Cornish cross broilers for about 8 - 9 weeks. They are raised under the heat lamps till they are about 4 weeks old, then they go outdoors on the pasture. They receive a certified organic ration that we mix ourselves. It is made of wheat, peas, flax, alfalfa and soymeal, kelp, probiotics and a organic mineral mix. We try to use as little soy as possible, but we haven't been able to avoid it totally. If the chickens don't receive enough protein they won't grow, which means very small birds for you, the customer. Hopefully, one day we will be able to access the right ingredients so we will be able to stop using soymeal.
Processing our chicken
We are cutting up and vacuum packing our chickens.
Our chickens are first processed at a provincially inspected facility using humane practices that have been set by the government. Then we rent an inspected facility to cut up and vacuum pack them. This keeps them in a tightly sealed, air-tight package so they will stay fresh for at least a year if not more. For our cut up chicken we use foam trays to give them an extra layer of protection.
Our whole chickens usually range anywhere from 3 - 7 lbs.
We also provide chicken breast (bone-in), leg/thighs, wings, back/necks for soup. Other items we sell are the gizzards, hearts and livers. We also have chicken feet, which will put an incredible amount of calcium in your soup broth. They are also extremely healthy for your dog. It will give them lots of calcium and will clean their teeth, too.
This year, 2015, we have started using Prairie Meats to cut up our chicken. As a result, we can now offer our customers boneless chicken breasts.
2019 UPDATE: As a family, we have decided to phase out our organic, pasture raised chicken. As our family is moving on with their lives, some have left the farm, started their own businesses, moved away, and as a result, we do not have the same amount of hands available. This means, either we hire help or we slow down. We have decided to slow down, sort of.