We are committed to providing the highest quality meat, raised as naturally as possible in a humane, healthy and happy environment. We are also committed to growing tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables without any pesticides or herbicides.
All our feed comes from millers and dealers we have researched and vetted completely, ensuring the feed they are providing us meets our strict standards. Game birds, such as quail, require a higher percentage of protein than other birds.
We raise Cornish Rock hybrid meat chickens, purchased in Kansas. These birds require a higher percentage of protein feed early on, dropping off as they get mature.
Our rabbits, Californians and New Zealands, are bred and raised on our farm, and fed a diet of primarily hay-based feed, supplemented with orchard grass and organic greens.
Our Large Black Hogs, dairy and meat goats (and pets), Jacob Sheep and cattle are pasture raised/grass fed. While the heritage breeds are slower to grow to maturity, we feel a grass/hay diet is only natural. And leads to a leaner, but nicely marbled meat.
Pasture, Hutches, and Coops
We love to support our surrounding community and purchase our stock (when we are not breeding), feed and supplies from local vendors when possible.
We keep our livestock on pasture as much as possible. That is why we built "chicken tractors" and have a fenced area which house the young meat birds on pasture (so they can eat greens and bugs). We move these tractors daily so the chickens get new pasture every day but are protected from predators. Additionally, they do us the service of fertilizing the area where they have been tractored. Win-Win!
The quail live in a coop, designed especially for them. Quail are a flighty bird and need tighter containment than larger birds. Quail hens are bad mamas! So we collect their eggs daily to incubate or eat. If you are a fan of "Chopped" or "Iron Chef America, " you perhaps are familiar with the use of quail eggs in fine cuisine. They are speckled eggs and when cooked, are a miniature version of chicken eggs. Children in particular LOVE the little eggs! (They taste the same as chicken eggs!)
Great Tasting Meat
Locally-raised meat chickens that are lovingly raised and processed humanely make the best tasting meat! And quail! Y'all! Quail, stuffed with pimiento cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked. YUM! And rabbit! Farm raised rabbit is nothing like the wild rabbit some of us ate when growing up. That is why it is now considered an up-scale, gourmet meat. At a loss on how to use rabbit meat? We have yummy recipes!