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
1 year ago