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Pastured poultry relies on raising chickens directly on green pasture.
The model has been developed over the last 20 years and allows the birds to recieve a significant amount of pasture forage as feed.
Because birds are constantly kept on fresh pasture it creates a cleaner and healthier enviroment for each bird. We feel that by pasturing our chickens we are part of a system that is more humane and a better use of our resources than standard confinement poultry farms.
- Wikipedia states "Chicken Tractors echo a natural, symbiotic cycle of foraging through which the birds eat down vegetation, deposit fertilizing manure, then go on to a new area."
Tips for cooking pastured chicken:
- Pastured chicken is leaner than typical factory raised chicken, therefore keeping the meat moist while cooking is key.
- You can roast a 5lb bird for an hour and a half to two hours at 325 degrees or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. To help keep the chicken moist place a cover on the roasting pan and remove the cover for the last 20 minutes before removing from the heat. By removing the cover you will help to brown and crisp the skin.
- It can take up to 2 days for a whole bird to thaw in a refrigrator, if you submerge the bird in cold water it can thaw in two hours or less.
- One customer described the "Chicken Tractor" system as "controlled free ranging".
Birds are put in "Chicken Tractors" which essentially are movable shelters. We move our tractors twice a day, providing the birds with fresh forage and more nutrients, fresh air, and exercise. It also better distributes their manure (aka fertilizer) among our fields. We do still provide the birds grain and they always have access to fresh water. We have seen the birds thrive in this kind of system. We raise both chickens and turkeys in these tractors.