Sabbathday Farm

*****We are closing down our little business. No eggs are available for sale. Thank you so much for your support and kind words, everyone!*****

THE CHICKENS Our property is graced by a lovely and wildly eclectic flock of hens. We have Faverolles and Marans-both French breeds; Dutch Welsumers; Norwegian Jaerhons, and all-American Ameraucana. They are allowed to go through their natural egg laying cycle with lower production in the winter and higher production in the summer. While this affects our egg availability, it allows our ladies a longer productive life. They are calm, happy and very, very spoiled!

THE ENVIRONMENT They spend their days outside in a spacious pen that is attached to their coop. This protects them from the hawks and foxes that frequent our area. We sow their pen with a cover crop of grasses and legumes formulated for chickens. A few hours a day they are let out to range on our 5 ½ acre property: in the woods, amongst the fruit and nut trees, in the blueberries and vegetable garden and in grassy pasture. Their coop contains nest boxes lined with clean bedding, and elevated roosts that they sleep on at night. Fresh water and food are always available. This method provides our chickens with necessary shelter while allowing them some freedom to move about and forage for food.

THE DIET They harvest a wide variety of plants and insects, both in their pen and at free range. We supplement their diet with an organic chicken ration and a variety of organic whole grains. This grain mixture includes wheat, corn, lentils, peas, kelp, oats, barley, sunflower seeds, kamut, millet, amaranth, quinoa, sesame and flax. In the winter, when fresh greens are not as available, we add organic alfalfa. The also get delicious trimmings and leftovers from our organic gardens. We are committed to feeding our chickens in a way that produces healthy, delicious food.


Listing last updated on May 5, 2008

Member of: American Pastured Poultry Producers Association

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