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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pastured chicken farming...not for the faint of heart!

Think you got what it takes to raise the best chicken you'll ever eat? To make meat this good, 'round the clock dedication is required--which occasionally looks like crawling around on your hands and knees in a poultry pen, scooping chicks out of 4 inch deep puddles. The picture below was taken just after a spring rainstorm when I, Arianne, had to put on my big girl pants at 11:00pm and take one for the team--the chicken team--lowering myself into a slurry of floating manure and grass to shepherd 300 confused and soaking chicks to islands of fresh, dry hay.

We raise the birds on pasture--which means they get access to fresh air, sunshine, grass, and bugs--to create the best meat you can eat. But until Elliott gets that bubble installed around the farm, we--and the birds--are at the mercy of constantly changing environmental conditions. This requires us to be responsive and available most of the time. It's a huge commitment, but the payoff is delicious.

Two tough turkeys--wet, dirty, with bloody knees

- Arianne

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