Over the years, I have become increasingly aware of health and environmental issues that exist with the established methods for raising and bringing chickens to market. These problems affect the consumer, the environment and are extremely inhumane to the chickens. My goal is to provide an alternative approach.

Chicken found in most grocery stores are raised in ‘grow houses’ where chickens never see natural light, where everything including the chicken’s skin, respiratory tract, and eyes are covered with fecal dust, where fecal-ammonia in the litter causes burns on the chicken’s feet, legs and breast, and where the lack of space (about half a square footper bird) for movement and exercise causes leg damage. These chickens are processed in commercial processing plants and require multiple chlorine baths to sanitize the carcasses after they are splashed with feces during processing. The pastured poultry method processes chicken right on the farm using humane and clean methods –no fecal contamination and no chlorine baths.

            The pastured poultry method involves the ingenious use of light-weight, mobile chicken shelters that are moved to fresh pasture daily to provide fresh green food for the chickens. The shelter has a semi-enclosed area to protect the chickens from the weather and an open area to provide the chickens with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. The shelters allow room for the chickens to move and forage for fresh green plant material, insects, seeds, grubs, worms and grit. It is this natural, forage-obtained diet that keeps the chickens healthy and produces a delicious, nutrient-rich bird. This is an ecologically sustainable method for raising healthier, cleaner, leaner, and more nutritious chicken.

What does ecologically sustainable mean? It means that chicken waste is deposited right into the pasture in quantities that can be naturally accommodated, providing natural fertilizer for the grass. It means that waste from processing of chickens can be composted and once entirely broken down, can be used to fortify and improve soil for grain, hay, fruit or vegetable production. It means that waste from chicken production is not dumped into the waterways after chemical sanitization.

            My goal is to raise and market pastured poultry to support a better environment and provide higher quality more nutritious chicken to consumers.