Pastured Poultry

At Happy Critters Farm, we believe chickens want to be outside eating grass, bugs, and worms so that is where we keep them. Our chickens spend the first three weeks of their life in a brooder and the rest of it outside. The chickens are kept in ten foot by twelve foot portable pens (called "chicken tractors") that are moved once a day to provide them with a new salad bar and bug menu daily. We keep them in pens to protect them from predators (they are tasty birds, after all). As with the pigs, the chickens receive non GMO feed from the local feed mill and are allowed to decide what to eat and when. Since our chickens are moved daily, live outside, and do not breathe the toxic fumes of their own fecal matter, there is no need for pharmaceuticals, so they do not receive any.