Things are in full swing here at August Farm. We have 150 broiler chicks in the brooder, getting ready to go on the pasture next week, and then another 150 will take their place in the brooder. Thirty-five heritage turkeys also in the brooder, a couple more weeks for them and then they will also go out on the pasture. A week ago we brought home ten adorable piglets. The ten piglets we got back in March are no longer piglets, they are growing fast and they are big. They are doing a good job of rooting around in the pasture and consuming as much whey as we will give them. Our sheep were having a hard time keeping up with the incredible pace at which our grass has been growing. So I got out there last weekend with the brush hog and mowed it down. They much prefer the shorter, new growth on the grass, as it has much more nutrition than when the grass elongated and begins to flower. We are keeping busy tending to all of these animals and preparing for all of the chickens we'll be raising this summer. We raising a couple hundred more than last year, which means we need more coops. I started working on the turkey coop today and I have four more chicken coops to build.
August Farm's Chicken CSA program is the most convenient way to eat pasture raised chicken year round. We offer monthly delivieries to Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Bellvue. You can register for between two and five chickens a month. The shares last for three months. We have Summer Chicken CSA shares available with delivieries starting in July.
We raise slow-growing broiler chickens. Our chickens come from breeding stock imported from France. The genetic stock comes from the heritage breed of chicken that was developed to meet the highest standards of theFrench Label Rouge free-range program.
Our chickens are grown to an age between ten and twelve weeks. The more natural growing period results in superior, old-fashion tasting chicken with a deep, rich flavor our grandparents would recognize. Because our chickens grow slower they do not suffer from the numerous health problems that Cornish Cross chickens(the grocery store standard) experience. Cornish Cross are bred to reach market weight in just 6 weeks. Read the Animal Welfare Approved article, "Why Good Breeding Matters," for an explanation of why growth rate is a key welfare issue for poultry and this organization's decision to prohibit use of the Cornish Cross breed for their certification.
Our chickens are hand-raised in small flocks outside in floorless mobile chicken coops surrounded by electric fencing, so they can free range and are protected from predators. Their coops are moved every other day to ensure they always have access to fresh, clean pasture. They forage on green grass, dandelions, clover and bugs in the sunshine. Our chickens are fed only certified organic, corn and soy free feed. Which guarantees that the grains are non-GMO and are raised without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Our chickens receive no hormones or antibiotics.