Pasture-Raised Eggs and Meat
Beyond Organic Farm Fresh Cluckery
2023 IS NOW OPEN!
What could be better than delicious, juicy, tender, pasture-raised, farm-fresh chicken? How about 6 months' worth of this delicious, good-for-you-and-the-planet chicken? At a reduced rate, no less?!
Chickens bought individually cost $6/lb, for an average cost of $30 and up per chicken (average weight for thse early-raised birds is 5 lbs). But, what if you could get a locked-in rate of $150, for a whole chicken-season? That is $25/chicken, or around $5 per pound.
Our average weight on processing day during the months of January through June is 5+lbs. In fact, we had many chickens in the 5-6 lb range for a few months, and a couple chickens top out at 7-8 lbs! That means you will get around 30 pounds of meat during your 6 month membership At $6/lb, that comes out to a cost of $180 AND UP. Signing up for a chicken membership, as goofy as it sounds, saves you $$$, which is anything but goofy!
2023 Reservations are now being accepted!
$25 deposit, $5-$8/lb (scroll down for price difference).
Raised on pasture, similar to how we raise our chickens.
We raise 2 kinds of turkeys:
--broad-breasted (fast, efficient growers, like our Cornish cross chickens, and what you typically find at the grocery store)
--heritage breeds (more established breeds, slow growth, higher maintenance, more fun!)
Why do we raise 2 different kinds?
Broad-breasted turkeys are quick and efficient--just like our Cornish cross broiler chickens
Heritage breeds are prettier. And I like pretty! Which is also why we have so many kinds of chickens! We have efficient egg layers, and pretty egg layers. Colors make me happy!
Turkeys are raised for their first few weeks in a temperature-controlled brooder, and fed a high-protein game bird starter feed. After they have feathered out, they move onto pasture. They are fed the same high protein feed that all the other poultry eat, but they primarily forage for bugs and seeds. They rotate at least weekly. They have access to a shaded perch/mobile pen, but they prefer to perch and sleep on top of it, or in neighboring trees. And we let them. Because they always come back!
Broad-breasted turkeys grow fast, like Cornish cross chickens do. Due to their quick growth, broad-breasted turkeys eat half the amount of feed of heritage breeds, need less space since they don't fly as much as heritage breeds, and reach market size in about 12-16 weeks. Due to seasonal availability from the hatcheries, that means these turkeys are ready for your freezer around the beginning of November.
Heritage breeds (such as Spanish, Narragansetts, and Bourbon Reds) require double the amount of feed, double the amount of space, and double the amount of time to grow to market size as the broad-breasted breeds. Obviously this amounts to more input (feed, labor, structures, fencing, etc), but the payoff--and the flavor--is so rewarding! Due to their more-varied diet, and extra time it takes the reach market size, heritage breeds have a more complex flavor. Similar to eating a thick, tender, juicy steak from a 9-month old grained-finished cow vs the same from a 2.5 yr old 100% grass-fed cow, the meat is delicious either way. But the grass-fed cow just has a different flavor, due to it's multi-species grassy diet. Heritage turkeys are processed just days before Thanksgiving, and are wet-aged in your refrigerator until you are ready to cook.
The difference in time and cost in raising broad-breasted turkeys and heritage breed turkeys is reflected in the pricing:
Broad-breasted turkeys are $5/lb.
Heritage turkeys are $8/lb.
You can specify small, medium, large, and XL when ordering, and we'll do our best to accommodate your request, which may or may not result in your turkey needing to be processed and frozen earlier. These details can be discussed when you place your order, and finalized closer to/after turkeys are processed. Obviously males grow faster than females, and factors like weather (drought, heat, floods, abundant rains leading to abundant grasshopper populations) can affect their growth.
Small is 6-12 lbs
Medium is 13-16 lbs
Large is 17-20 lbs
XL is over 20 lbs.
Heritage turkeys are ordered in January, and hatch and arrive on-farm in April.
Broad-breasted turkeys are also ordered in January, but can be ordered as late as April, for mid-July hatch/arrival (or as late of an arrival as I can get)
$6/lb ~ $30+ whole bird
Click the "check availability" button below for availability!
Through all the research we did on the best breed of meat bird, nothing beats the Cornish Cross hybrid. This is the same chicken you buy at the grocery store, all neatly packaged for you. These chicks are babied for their entire short life. They spend the first 2-3 weeks in a temperature-controlled brooder. Once they have feathered out, they are moved to their roomy new home in a mobile chicken tractor. Every day, they are moved to a fresh patch of grass. They are given fresh water daily, and are fed a non-GMO, corn-free, soy-free, non-medicated feed from a local source, in Muenster, TX. This feed contains 22% crude protein. Similar to our layer feed, it, too, contains a complete vitamin and mineral supplement.
Eggs as God intended! Farm fresh butt nuggets, gathered daily, usually by the kiddos! Our chickens are free to roam on about an acre, running around, doing their chicken-thang--foraging for bugs and scratching in the grass, roosting in the trees when they don't feel like being in their coop.... In addition to their all-you-can-eat buffet of bugs and grass, they are also fed a soy-free, corn-free, non-medicated, non-GMO feed from Tony's Seed and Feed, in Muenster, Texas. This is a feed that contains 18% crude protein (higher than your average big box farm retailer's layer feed), as well as grit, and The Fertrell Company's Poultry Nutribalancer, a complete vitamin and mineral supplement used by Joel Salatin and many other sustainable and regenerative farmers. You have to taste and see the difference to believe it! Clear egg whites, bright, tall-standing yolks, strong shells, from happy chickens!
While we do not have--and will likely not pursue--any certifications, one look at where our chickens play, and you will see very quickly that our standards far exceed the minimum standards set forth by various certification agencies. Pursuing certification--and the associated cost and hassle--would raise the cost of our farm fresh eggs. Why in the world would we want to do that??
mixed-breed roosters ~ $5/each
ONLY 1 LEFT!
2+ year old laying hens ~ $10/each
SOLD OUT--Check back in the Spring
These hens (chickens that are laying eggs) are past their "prime", which means they are no longer laying every day, but still lay several times a week. Perfect for new chicken owners, and those just looking for a few eggs a week (per chicken) to feed their family.
mixed-breed chicks ~ $5
Hatched by "One Chick Leads to Another", a subsidiary of 7 Arrow Ranch!