Several years ago we were given the opportunity to rent agricultural land owned by a family friend . The catch? The previous tenants had left four hens on the property. One thing led to another and we found ourselves with a flock of around twenty laying hens and two roosters. Around the same time, we started raising Cornish cross broilers, rotating them daily in their own chicken tractor around our property. Right now we find ourselves selling our eggs and broilers to family and friends, but hope to eventually work with a local processor to get our poultry further into the hands of the community.
Our flock is a mix of barred rocks, Rhode Island reds, Olive Eggers, and Golden and Silver-laced Wyandottes. We intentionally strive for a diverse flock to maintain good biosecurity and improve future genetics.
Both our layers and broiler chickens are moved around our lawn in a Justin Rhodes/Joel Salatin/John Suscovich style chicken tractor. During the winter we keep the layers in place and use loose straw as a deep bedding and straw bales to increase their shelter from the elements.
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Josh & Sara