Our Colored Range day-old chicks are hatched in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The breeding stock is imported from the regions of Burgundy and Brittany (France). The genetic stock is derived from the American and European old heritage breed of chicken and was developed in the early 1960’s to meet the highest standards of the French Label Rouge Free Range program. Currently, the Colored Range genetic stock is used by most non-factory farm production models (alternative) all across Europe and also by small pastured poultry producers in search of a traditionally raised farm chicken - just like the "oldies", healthy and with a succulent flavor and texture. Since our Colored Range Broilers are a slower growing breed, they are naturally better suited to the higher welfare and all true natural rearing systems (full pasturing, free range, organic, certified, backyard etc.…). In the United States most modern poultry industrial production models use fast growing breeds (hybrid white synthetic Cornish crosses). We believe that once you taste these chickens there will never be any going back to those tasteless production birds. Those of you that are old timers will get that little click in your brain that say "Aha, this is what chicken used to taste like!"

Natural instinct and behavior is preserved in the selection and growing methods of our Colored Range breeding stock. It goes without saying that our birds love foraging in pastures, free ranging outside, always looking for natural sunlight and fresh air, as well as ground scratching and dust bathing.

We raise our chickens using the pastured pen method developed by Joel Salatin. The chickens are moved daily to fresh pasture. They are able to eat fresh grass and forage, yet they are protected from natural predators such as fox and dogs.

Our chickens are fed only organic feed from Nick's Organic Feeds in Maryland. They are processed by a certified USDA Organic processor. We are not "certified" organic, but we are organic. We are currently awaiting certification under the "Certified Naturally Grown" umbrella, which incorporates the same regulations as CO but has added more stringent rules. This includes the requirement of fresh pasture for the chickens. We are also applying for "Organic Exempt" labeling. If you would like more information on what these and other labels mean, go to www.eco-labels.org

We prefer to raise a more natural chicken here at First Fruit Farms...a bird that is still tasty, meaty and delicious...but one that grows well in the way that nature intended. We believe that we should raise our animals in such a way that we would be willing to dine under the same conditions that they do. In other words, would we be willing to lay out a picnic in a pasture with green grass, fresh air and sunshine? Of course, we would!

Don't take our word for it though! Place your poultry order now before we sell out!

Listing last updated on Aug 8, 2008

Orders being taken for late September 2008 processing. Orders must be picked up. We do not ship. Chickens are $4.00 per lb, with the average bird being 4-5 lbs dressed weight. To hold your chicken, please email me. A $5 deposit is required, a paypal statement will be sent. If enough interest from Fairfax, Arlington, or Loudoun is shown, we will arrange pick-up spots in those areas!

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