We are deep into our chicken season and it seems like there is a chicken at every turn. This year we decided to raise and process 200 chickens. Hmmm, what to do with almost 200 chickens?! That is the question. For now we are going with the ‘if we build it they will come’ attitude.
Mike: Yep, cause’ that has worked so well for us before!
Molly: Alright, we are out at the Farmers Market in Eldorado on Fridays through June and a new totally awesome market on your way out to Las Campanas at the wine store.
We started this a few years ago to see what it was like to raise our own food.
Molly: Having raised chickens for eggs for over a decade I wanted to challenge myself. When I researched how chickens are raised for food my eyes were opened to the great wide world of the industrial poultry business. I just could not see being a chicken farmer using these industrial techniques where the conditions seem awful and disease was a huge issue. Right away I read everything I could get my hands on small scale chicken farming. This education sent me to the conclusion that I would raise my own chicken using these guidelines:
- Chickens raised in the outdoors
- No pesticides
- No meat by-products
- No antibiotics or drugs
- No growth enhancers
- No hormones