Chicken

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  • We use NO growth hormones.
  • We feed NO genetically modified (GM) feed.
  • Absolutely NO animal by-products are used in our feed.

All of the chicken we sell is free-range pasture-raised. In addition to the GMO-free grain they are fed, the chickens forage for insects, seeds, and grasses. The varied diet makes for a tastier and healthier chicken.

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Field Sparrow Farms has 1,000 units of basic chicken quota that allows us to raise approximately 5,000 – 6,000 chickens each summer. Every two weeks a van pulls up and delivers 500 day-old chicks. We bring them into one of the two shelters that serve as our brooder. The brooder has wood shavings on the ground for insulation and several feeders and waterers set up all around. We dip their beaks into water, and off they go. Immediately they start pecking at the GMO-free chick starter and drinking some water.

After two weeks, the chicks have acclimatized and need less warmth, so we move them to a portable shelter on the pasture. The shelter is a 13’ x 12’ hoop house (also called a chicken tractor) that provides protection from weather and predators but is easy to move to fresh grass once a day. As the birds get larger they are split into smaller groups to maintain a healthy social dynamic and make sure the feed, forage, and water are shared adequately. The sides on the shelter roll up to allow for adequate ventilation on warm days.

You can now find our chicken seasonally at The Big Carrot, West End Food Co-op, and Karma Food Co-op, as well as at our farmers’ markets.