Up to three times a year we will order chickens to raise here on the farm and offer as free range broiler chickens. Mike calls the Stover Hatchery in Stover, Missouri with a month anticipation to order 200 birds at a time. Immediately upon placing that order, he calls the processing plant to schedule processing, as the timing is key to get the optimum size and weight from the bird.
The day old chicks are delivered First Class U.S. Mail (as are all baby birds in the United States), in two aerated cardboard boxes, taped together, one on top of the other. About 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. we receive a phone call here at the farm from the local post office that the birds are ready for pick up. We try to get them right away as there is no way to keep 200 baby chicks from peeping in the post office.
The “Chicken Suite” has already been prepared for their arrival – prepped with heat lamps and their pine chip bedding laid and warmed. Water and unmedicated meat bird feed is also placed for easy access. The feed is a special mash for meat birds. Our chickens are not egg layers.
After 2 ½ weeks the birds have started feathering and are allowed to free range in the yard, feeding on bugs and grasses in addition to their standard feed. Their water is now outside which gets them out into the fresh air. They are locked up at night to protect them from predators.
Between 42 to 45 days, they are sent to ANCO Poultry Processing, a local family owned company in the next county to the southwest of Louisburg. After they are processed, they are shrink wrapped and flash frozen and we then store them in freezers here at 4 D Acres. Delicious fried, smoked and barbecued, they are low in fat content, and not injected with water or liquid flavors or fillers. Pampered Chef has a great video on how to cut up a chicken.
Delicious fried, smoked and barbecued, they are low in fat content, and not injected with water or liquid flavors or fillers. Pampered Chef has a great YouTube video on how to cut up a chicken.
The chickens are available for local delivery or pick up at the farm. We have shipped them before as well. For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.