How our animals are raised is important to us! Whether their purpose is meat or dairy, the happiest and healthiest animals are treated with respect and compassion.
Our Pastured Broilers are raised in large, open, movable coops that are rotated regularly to keep the environment clean and healthy. These coops are surrounded by a perimeter of electrified portable fencing for protection. This allows them to free range during the day, enjoying fresh grass, fresh air, and sunshine! We also supplement locally milled grain, that is GMO-free to complete their diet. As a result, we have no need for antibiotics, vaccines, or other chemicals to keep the birds healthy.
At eight weeks of age, our Pastured Broilers are humanely processed in a local USDA inspected facility and range in size from 4 to 6 pounds per bird after processing. Our next batch of broilers is planned for Spring 2019.
Besides the broilers, we also raise Egg Layers at Hohns Acres. These chickens help fulfill our ultimate goal of sustainability and less reliance on mechanized farming practices.
By placing the chickens in a concentrated space and within the confines of portable electrified fencing, we are able to utilize their natural desire to scratch and tear up the ground to our advantage rather than using mechanized tilling tools. At the same time, they fertilize the ground and improve the soil for planting.
These chickens get more than their fill of bugs and fresh grass and produce nutritious eggs! We are confident you will be able to taste the difference!
In addition to forage on the farm, all chickens are supplemented with locally milled grain that is GMO-free to complete their diet. As a result, we have no need for antibiotics, vaccines, or other chemicals to keep the birds healthy.
Ducks were our introduction animal on the farm and they are still one of our favorites! They are so easy to raise, are resistant to disease, and while a little bit messy, provide hours of entertainment. Besides that, they are excellent foragers and help keep the pest population down in our garden and other areas of the property.
Currently, we have a number of different breeds living in the Duck House, including Pekin, Rouen, Blue Swedish, Black Swedish, Buff, Cayuga, and Khaki Campbell. In 2019, we are adding Silver Appleyard ducks to the farm to serve as a sustainable flock so we can hatch and grow them out rather than purchasing from other breeders.
So besides pest control, why ducks? Eggs, of course! Ducks eggs are an excellent source of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals- such as iron, B12, folate and vitamin A, and Omega-3 fatty acids. The amounts in each of the above are usually higher than what is found in a chicken egg.
Duck eggs also have a richer flavor and higher fat content, as well as more albumen, which makes it great for baking. The extra structure creates light and fluffy baked goods. We eat duck eggs any way we eat chicken eggs, although chicken eggs are a bit better for hard boiling, in our opinion.