Cornish rock cornish cross broiler on grassy lush pasture

Slowing down fast growing chicken to improve bird health and get better flavor

We raised two very different flocks of chicken this year. Both were raised on pasture in our chicken tractors, both were given organic feed to supplement that lush pasture, and both were the same breed from the same hatchery, the famously fast-growing Jumbo Cornish rock breed that makes the news a lot these days.  Everything we did was the same for each flock except for one thing: how much time they had access to food every day.   Continue reading “Slowing down fast growing chicken to improve bird health and get better flavor”

collecting garlic scapes in a basket with our daughter

You can’t escape going ape for a GARLIC SCAPE so make a crepe in a funny shape

Oh great another underwhelming recipe roundup with no dad jokes or practical ideas… NOT!!!!!!! Continue reading “You can’t escape going ape for a GARLIC SCAPE so make a crepe in a funny shape”

these pekin ducklings are camera shy

Trending: Ducks are not chickens

Did you spot our new ducklings on Instagram last week?  We now have 10 pekin ducklings that we are going to raise for meat.  And after raising hundreds of chickens, we are learning that ducks are a very different bird.  We have a ways to go before we feel more confident about ducks, but here are our initial impressions. Continue reading “Trending: Ducks are not chickens”

pasture raised organic fed cornish game hens roasted to perfection for banner

The Complete Recipe for Perfect Cornish Game Hens

We just tasted the first of this year’s Cornish game hens.  They were so good we decided we would share our recipe for them, perfect roasted.  Preparation of the ingredients starts a little earlier than most recipes.   Continue reading “The Complete Recipe for Perfect Cornish Game Hens”

Farm Fresh Chicken User Manual [updated]

I am always humbled by the experience raising our own chickens, watching the transformation that meat must undergo. It is a labor of love for us, and we are grateful to have the opportunity and land to support this highly engaged, satisfying work. And this satisfaction is multiplied when we share with friends and family. With so much going into this meat, we wanted to share our techniques for basic storage and preparation so the meat is at its best for the dinner table. Continue reading “Farm Fresh Chicken User Manual [updated]”

Putting the broilers out to pasture and building a bigger coop

Let’s get right to it. We’ve been busy lately.  The garden is mostly planted. The broilers are now outside. The new chicken coop is about 80% finished.  But boy has it been a lot of work to get to this point!   Continue reading “Putting the broilers out to pasture and building a bigger coop”