We raise the animals. You purchase the whole or half portion. We help you walk through your choice of cuts for your meat.
We typically run 2 flocks of about 1,000 hens for a year. These fully-beaked "Red Sex Link" chickens were raised on pasture with non-GMO feed and no antibiotics. Come Spring and Fall, we sell our year-old flocks to YOU!
Choose your amount of hens below, and add them to your cart. Then checkout and pay. Your hens are now reserved!
(Just a reminder... they go fast!)
You are responsible for crating and transporting hens. Pick-up will be at or after dusk, as the hens will be much easier for you to catch after they've bedded down for the night. And a week prior to the pick-up we'll email you instructions for getting your hens.
(It's ok to ask that question!)
So, a CHICKEN is the whole species. Then there's the HEN -- a FEMALE chicken (the ones that lay the eggs you'll get when you order our hens 😉). And the ROOSTER is the MALE chicken. Simple as that!
They're a hybrid chicken breed known for 'egg-cellent' egg production! With an average of 275 large brown eggs per year, you won't find many breeds that lay better. The average weight of each chicken is around 6 to 7 lbs. And being active but docile (not aggressive), this breed can handle smaller flocks and a good bit of human interaction (i.e. family friendly).
You can keep your chickens in an enclosed area for protection against predators, especially overnight. They love free ranging or being in a run. Make sure they have constant water access, and at least a quarter lb feed per chicken per day (we use Sunrise Farms non-GMO layer feed, which you can order directly from them). Remember, chickens also love kitchen scraps!
You'll want to provide your hens with an area to nest and lay their eggs. Hens like cozy dark spaces for laying, with a minimum of 1 square ft per laying box. A good rule of thumb is 1 box for every 6 chickens. Layer hay or other material in the boxes, and freshen it about once a week. Also, hens like to roost at night-- sleeping elevated above the ground on a horizontal surface, such as branches or pieces of bamboo.
You don't have to wash your eggs, but you certainly can. If you do wash them, you'll probably want to store them in a cool dry place or refrigerator until use. They can last about 4 to 5 weeks if stored properly. Eggs can also be preserved longer, believe it or not (even up to 12 months in some cases). Do your own research on the old-fashioned methods, such as 'Water Glassing,' and let us know the results you have!
The hens turn 18 months a few months after the season's Hens Sale (Spring or Fall, respectively), and will enter their first molt at that time. This means their egg production will be decreasing but will pick back up again within 4 to 6 weeks. Once their production resumes, you should get 4 to 5 eggs per chicken per week with proper water, lighting, and feed access.