We have a variety of poultry and poultry products, including eggs and meat from chickens that are fed organic grains.
We use natural products like apple cider vinegar, garlic and cayenne pepper to promote the health of our birds. We also ferment their feed. Hens are raised on pasture with access to a diverse diet (bugs, grass and grains). Because of this natural environment their eggs are superior in flavor and nutrition. A healthy high- protein and convenient food source.
All of the poultry are raised in mobile chicken tractors that gets moved every day to a new spot or in larger areas enclosed with electric fence and that get moved once a week. It works like a three in one machine. The birds cut the grass, put fertilizer down in the form of nitrogen and provide us with delicious healthy meat and eggs.
We raise and keep Welsh Harlequin ducks as egg layers.
We raise White Cornish Cross, Dark Cornish Game broilers and different dual-purpose breeds like Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Black Australorps and easter-eggers - on pasture with access to fresh air, sun, and dust baths, in portable hoop houses 10 X 20 feet that are called chicken tractors. These are moved on a daily basis to a new spot. They cut the grass and fertilize the land in a natural way, as the laying hens, turkeys and rabbits do too.
We raise our own egg-laying and fancy chickens. These flocks only need a small number of roosters and we select the most handsome ones for that job. The remaining young roosters make excellent stewing chickens and have a very nice flavor.
We raise Guinea Hens for their meat and also for pets and tick control. Guinea hens are well known as a great aid to keeping the deer tick infestation under control in the northeast. Guinea hens are seasonally available for pets and tick control and also in very limited quantities as an unique delicacy that we sell at our outlet at the Sparta Farmer's Market. (note that Guinea fowl are a seasonal product and are usually available in late summer through fall only).
We raise Broad Breasted White and Bronze Turkeys on pasture in a portable hoop house for shelter inside an electrified fence which we move every couple days to fresh pasture.
The hens are on pasture and surrounded by an electric fence for free range during the day and a house on wheels for protection against predators and the elements during the night. Their house will be moved to new pasture as needed. This year we will also be experimenting with a large compost pile where the hens can scratch for food and earthworms. The get fermented feed (probiotics) 4-5 times a week. During winter when pasture is limited, they get sprouted grains.
We have Flemish Giants, Californians and New Zealander's as our breeding stock. Most of our rabbits are raised in elevated cages above the ground in winter inside a barn. During summer, they are finished on pasture in rabbit-tractors. Rabbits are an excellent source of protein with very low cholesterol.