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The Truth Behind Chickens and Grain

The Truth Behind Chickens and Grain

When we first started the farm, I was following Paleo and wanted to produce a 100% grain free chicken, and set out to do the research on making that happen because nobody was doing it. The more I dove in, the more I learned that healthy grains are a species-appropriate food for omnivorous monogastric animals like chickens.

red junglefowl

Even in their wild environment, their predecessor the red junglefowl (pictured above), forages for grains. A key reason for this is the special and unique organ that poultry possesses called a gizzard. The...


What Makes Our Chicken Different?

What Makes Our Chicken Different?

First and foremost, our chickens live 24/7 outside on pasture. That is not true for 99.9999% of chickens in the USA, even free range or organic chickens spend the vast majority of their lives indoors.

Second, we rotate our chickens every single day to fresh pasture in floorless mobile coops. This gets them fresh food, fresh bedding, and fresh air. It's the key reason why we've never used a single vaccine, antibiotic, or drug in more than 200,000 chickens produced.

Pasture raised chickens mobile coop

We aren't sustainable, and don't claim to...


EGGS 101: What to Look for When Cooking Eggs

EGGS 101: What to Look for When Cooking Eggs

Ok, so we’ve learned a bit about what to look for when shopping for eggs, but when it comes to cooking, there are 4 things to pay attention to.

1. Yolk Color

While the color of the yolk does matter (vibrant orange yolks are generally considered to be more nutritious while pale yellow ones are thought to be the product of unhealthy hens), it isn’t everything. Egg yolk color can be easily manipulated with certain foods and additives, something that many commercial egg operations know and have been taking advantage of for...


Eggs 101: What to Look for When Shopping for Eggs


How to Save Big and Buy Pastured Meat in Bulk for Rookies

How to Save Big and Buy Pastured Meat in Bulk for Rookies

 

Yeah that was us, rookies. When we first learned about pasture raised meats we were all in... then we saw the price. It’s true that you often get what you pay for, but we were taking a big leap and had to do some major restructuring of the budget.

So here’s what we didn’t know at the start, but really wish we did.

Buying in bulk saves a ton- like up to $16 bucks a pound for a ribeye. Per pound.

If you’re just starting out on the journey...