We are proud of the conditions that our livestock live in. We take great care to ensure that our animals’ lives are respected and cared for while on our farm. We source our day old poultry from a small family run hatchery in Ohio and our feed from a small family run feed mill in northern Vermont. At the end of their lives we process 100% of the poultry ourselves. It’s important for us to know where our birds are hatched, where their food is from and how they are processed. We think it’s important for our customers to know too. We breed our own sheep and raise only our own lambs, which are raised entirely on our pasture and hay that we harvest. We produce premium quality, Certified Organic meat and eggs.

Eggs

You can get our eggs every week throughout the summer with an egg CSA!  Sign up here.

We raise all our laying hens up from day old chicks. They eat only organic feed for their entire life. From April to November our laying hens live entirely on pasture in a mobile coop that is moved every 3-10 days depending on the time of year and condition of the pasture. They spend much of their day in an endless search for the next blade of grass, clover petal or one of the many bugs they prey on. Despite the abundance of plants and bugs that they have access to from dawn till dusk, the great majority of their diet is still comprised of the manufactured feed that we provide them. We are proud to use feed from Morrison’s in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The feed is Certified Organic, soy free and we buy it fresh each month to ensure its highest nutrition. From late fall to early spring our laying hens live in an unheated greenhouse. Bedding is added weekly and kelp meal is provided free choice as a feed supplement.

The nutritional content of an egg is a direct representation of the diet of the chicken that produces it. Even the color of the yolk is correlated to their diet, the rich dark orange associated with chickens on pasture is a result of the green pigment in the grass. Chickens who have no access to green grass are often fed orange marigold petals or alfalfa to make their yolks darker, we don’t. Our yolks are darkest when the chickens have access to green grass, and lightest throughout the winter when they don’t.

Broilers

Our broilers are available fresh every other week from July through September and are always available frozen starting in July.  They are $6/lb.  We do have a CSA option available: $200 gets you a $210 credit or about 7-10 chickens (35 pounds total) to be used when you want for fresh or frozen chickens.  We appreciate our CSA customers, they help pay for our feed and chicks!

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We raise our broilers in mobile “chicken tractors” that we move daily. After 2 weeks in a heated brooder, the chickens are big enough to go outside into the tractors. The chickens are still very small at this age, but we only raise chickens for meat from May to September when the weather is warm enough to raise chickens on pasture. Chickens are fed only Certified Organic feed from Morrison’s in Vermont. Raising broilers on pasture has several benefits:

1. Chicken Health: Fresh air, sunshine and green grass alleviate many of the health problems that these fast growing chickens face when raised in confinement. In 2017 we simply didn’t see ANY of the common health problems associated with Cornish Cross chickens, zero.

2. Soil Health: Whether it’s vegetables, fruit or livestock, if you’re an Organic farmer your focus is on the soil. The broiler chickens are the best natural fertilizers of the soil, period! Every year gardeners and farmers spend millions of dollars buying chicken fertilizer to amend soil. Our chickens apply enough manure each day to give our pastures a healthy amount of nutrients, for free, we don’t have to touch it once!  Waste = Food.

3. Environmental Health: When manure accumulates irresponsibly, it starts to smell, rot and will eventually have runoff. Gross. With our daily moves, there’s never too much manure in any one place. We don’t have to smell it and we can feel good knowing that we’re not creating water pollution.

4. Low energy use: Chickens in confinement use A LOT of energy. Heating, ventilation, lighting, constructing huge barns, cleaning out the manure with tractors are all things we don’t have to do since we raise chickens seasonally on pasture.

5. Lower cost: When the grass is rich and bugs abound, the chickens can eat up to 25% less grain than they would in confinement. Our single biggest cost is Organic grain, so this is huge!

Processing

We are also a Certified Organic poultry processor. The biggest reason that we process our birds ourselves is control. We know exactly what is going on with our chickens and our finished product. When you take one of our chickens home, it’s leaving the farm for the first time since it arrived on its 1st day of life. If knowing where your food comes from is important, then this is your chicken.

We are not USDA inspected, and for this reason we can only sell whole chickens. Cooking a whole chicken is simple whether its grilled, smoked or roasted. Parting out a whole chicken into legs, wings and breasts whether its raw or cooked takes minutes once you've got the hang of it. With the remaining bones and neck, you’ve got all you need to make a delicious broth. If you’re new to cooking whole chickens you’re sure to be surprised by the amount of meat and broth one chicken will yield. Whole chickens are an incredible value.

Turkeys

Certified Organic Turkeys for Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!

Lamb

Coming Fall of 2018: Certified Organic, 100% grass fed lamb. Stay tuned!

If you have any questions regarding our animals or practices we use, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Thanks,

Jimi

jimi@clydefarm.com

Links

USDA Organic Standards

Morrison's Feed

Mt. Healthy Hatchery