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.
On April 2, 2011 we attended a keeping-chickens workshop at Brodhecker farm. The New Jersey Herald published this report and quoted Hannelie.
The Muscovy ducks are raised for meat. The Khaki Campbell's are our 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.
Hens are very productive in their first two years. After that, egg production slows down dramatically. Stewing hens are these older egg layers that gets retired from egg production. The meat from these hens is tougher than meat from broilers but more tasty and can be used to create an exquisite broth. Naturally, they need to be slow cooked for longer.
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 delivered to restaurants in New York City and is also available 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). Here is an example of where our farm and products are featured on the menu of the well-known Craft Restaurant of New York City. (Non-Flash IOS-friendly entry point here).
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.