How We Care for Our Flock
We take an organic approach to the health of all our flocks by boosting their immunity naturally and only offering them the very best. Our birds are provided large clean dry housing, access to free range with lots of room to roam, clean fresh water and organic feed that is both non-medicated, non-GMO and containing no soy or corn. In the cooler/wetter months we give raw apple cider vinegar in their water to help reduce the risk of Coccidiosis. We strive to provide our birds with the best life possible with lots of love and care.
How are chicks are housed
Our chicks are housed inside large plastic brooders with only their hatch mates first 2 weeks of age. These brooders are washed and sanitized between each hatch and housed in our new chick house. Around 4 weeks of age unsold chicks are moved to larger brooder to have more room to grow. These brooders will have both hatch mates and chicks from previous hatches. At about 6-12 weeks (depending on time of year) any unsold chicks are then moved to grower pens. The chicks are never housed near or with adult chickens. They are also not put on the ground until they are move to the grower pen. This is to allow them to slowly build up their immunity to the natural bacteria in the soil. Lowering the risk of being exposed to Coccidiosis. The only exception to this is if the chick was hatched by a broody hen. Chicks hatched by broody hens will stay with the mom hen until sold or until about 6-12 weeks of age. At which time they will be moved to grower pens. You will be made aware before hand if your chick was broody raised.
How we care for our chicks
Like with all our flocks we take a organic approach to the health of our chicks. After our chicks hatch they are examined thoroughly to ensure they are in good health. Once it is established they are healthy, they are then placed in a clean sterilized brooder, with organic non-GMO chick starter and fresh water that includes vitamins/electrolytes. Our brooders are cleaned out every week sooner if needed and water is changed daily. Chicks are handled often to ensure they become calm around people. To us our chicks are more than just something to sell, they are something we give a great amount of love to. It doesn't matter if pullet, rooster or meat bird all lives have meaning and deserve to be loved.
For chicks hatched by broody hens, care is given in the similar way. Before hatch the broody hen and eggs are moved to one of our clean broody coops(maternity ward). This offers the hen a clean calm place to hatch her eggs and raise her chicks. The coop is stocked with organic non-GMO chick feed to give the hen extra protein and be there for when the chicks are ready to eat. Fresh water is also offered, with vitamins/electrolytes being added only after the chicks hatch. After the chicks hatch all unhatched eggs along with hatched shells are removed. The chicks are examined thoroughly to ensure they are in good health (the hen is not always happy about her chicks getting this exam done). All healthy chicks will stay with mom until 6 weeks old or until sold.