Free Range Chickens in Progress
We are raising a small batch of 25 Freedom Ranger chickens to determine the feasibility of continuing and the numbers of birds we can raise at a time. These chickens hatched near the end of April and are already large enough to harvest. Our new harvest room isn’t quite ready so it’s going to be a week or so before we can actually harvest them, but we’ll be sure to let you know when as soon as we do.
The plan is to make them available fresh for pickup on the day of harvest and all others will be frozen.
The picture to the left is the birds at about 4 weeks of age and the picture to the right is at 11 weeks. They are living in the same field as the goats so the Great Pyrenees that protect the goats are also protecting these guys from aerial predators as well as foxes, coyotes and everyone else who loves to eat chickens (and that’s just about all other wildlife !) As long as these birds stay inside their electric net, the dogs will protect them. If they leave, though, the dogs will join in on “Chicken Dinner Time.”
In general, the care of these birds has been minimal – food, water, shelter, move the coop around to protect the pasture (and that’s the most time consuming part so far). We’ll keep you posted!!