We now have whole, frozen fresh pasture raised chicken available.
These birds are beautiful this year, what a hearty bunch!
We currently have about 100 available and this will be our only batch this year. So don’t delay! These birds are shrink wrapped (think butterball turkey) and will last a very long time in your freezer. They average 4.5 to 5.5 pounds.
1-4 birds, $4.50/lb
5 or more: $4.25/lb
10 or more: $3.95/lb
If you would like to know more about us, how we raise our chickens or would like to reserve some birds for your freezer click here.
If you have questions or would like to speak with us directly you may email us as well: RustyAcornFarm@gmail.com
Our very best to you!
Haha! I know I do.
Today we put our 4 week old baby laying hens in their outside tractor. We’re trying something new this time by putting these little foragers to work creating compost while keeping our grain costs down.
We were inspired by Geoff Lawton’s video, “Chicken Run on Steroids“. If you haven’t seen it already, watch it…. perhaps it will inspire you to do something similar? We have 16 laying hens so we will do a pared down version of Lawton’s method during our warm summer and into fall. We plan to start collecting leftover vegetable matter from a local boarding school and will keep adding 5 gallon buckets of kitchen scraps over the week.
Then, in a week or two (these little ladies are still pretty small) we’ll move the pen, keeping the already scratched pile within their electrified area so they can keep working it while creating a new pile on top of the poop-rich area under the roosting bars. Each week (or so) the pen and net will move creating several already turned piles. We may use this to enhance the soil in place (looking to reclaim this area as garden) or use it as compost in our existing beds.
I’m so impressed with these birds, they really are magic, somehow they are born knowing how to forage and scratch. We provide them with fresh food they LOVE as well as fresh pasture and they work for us breaking down, pooping and aerated the compost. Win win!
They’ll be making a dustbath of that dirt patch on the right in no time. We’ll hook up a small nipple waterer and a hanging food bucket tomorrow.
They look a little awestruck now but tomorrow they will have combed through the whole area.
Late spring is my favorite, I’m just trying to keep up!
This week we had some rich compost delivered. Shoveling that sh*t was hard work but a dunk in Goose Pond made it all worth it. I reclaimed some lawn outside the garden borders to allow for some rambling squash plants too, hopefully we have a chaotic patch of pumpkins and hubbard squash and zucchini soon.
The perennial gardens are blooming and filling in as well. The early morning dew, fog and light made for some beautiful photos, many of these were taken by Opal.
Morning fog, Hunky toads, dewdrops and campfires….life is good.
A storage trailer for acorns gets moved into place
Early morning bus through the fog
Crabapples in the early morning
Early morning fog on the crabapple tree
dew on a dandelion
Opal found a buddy!
Roasted marshmallows make for a pleasant evening
the perfect marshmallow
Geraniums by the door
Squash plants in reclaimed yard
Newt spotted in the garden
The robin’s are growing fast!
Bumble bee on Honeysuckle
We’ve received freshly hatched baby chicks.
11 little layers: Buff Orpingtons and Silver Laced Wyandottes.
I hope the oxytocin transfers from this computer to you.
Hopefully these chickens will be raised to be very social. The girls love having them around.
Wiley the Silky terrier watching his new flock.
2 day old Buff Orpington
2 day old Silver Laced Wyandotte.
I have the whole world in my hands (and lap).
Summer bliss, a darn good week all in all.
My cast comes off tomorrow, so next week is looking up too!
I love my peg leg but not as much as my actual foot. Goodbye cast, you’ve been swell!
The lace of Queen Anne and Susan’s brown eyes.
Fresh picked blueberries and vanilla ice cream for breakfast. Don’t mind if I do.
Twilight Gin and Tonic. Is there anything better in the summer? The blueberry addition was relish, next time I’ll muddle them a bit.
Birthday kebobs at the fire pit. Made with local beef, zucchini and tomatoes from the garden. Maybe next year I’ll grow the mushrooms and peppers too.
Peas bursting from their pods. So juicy and sweet.
Happy Birthday! Homemade chocolate raspberry cake with raspberries from Darling’s farm. Next time I’ll eat two pieces. 🙂
Friends and family enjoying the evening twilight. Bliss.
I got a new lens for my camera just in time to capture the beautiful Full Blue Moon.
The hummers go through about 6 cups of nectar every 4 days. The air is literally a-buzz.
Baby bunnies, it doesn’t get much cuter!
We’ve been busy around here! Dave spent most of the week getting ready to host Team Chicken. On Sunday, the team processed 225 birds in about 6 hours. Each time we do it, it gets a little better and a little faster. For those of you who were present please let us know if you have ideas for improvements!
The garden continues to grow with almost no involvement from me, (broken ankle, that’s another story) but I sure am enjoying the pea pods, beans, tomatoes and zucchini that are ready now.
Have a great week everyone!
All steps in processing day are important but we all certainly appreciate having Heather keep her eye on the finished product. She’s the best bagger and ‘pretty maker’ we know! Those tubs are heavy!
A final inspection happens before the birds go in the cooler to dry before bagging. An important step to be sure they are ready for you!
The e-station has the best facial expressions, such looks of concentration! This table now has overhead water and room for 6 people. We’ve come a long way baby. Fresh air and sunshine, the only way!
This little lady was spotting in the garden, she’s ensuring we have enough zucchini to feed all the neighbors. I know they’ll be psyched! 😉
Despite having a cast on my left leg I managed to week most of the garden today and picked the first tomatoes. Summer is officially here.
Red onion flower.
The view from the mailbox.
Everybody loves pea pods! Honestly, I think I mostly like to hear them CRUNCH when they chew. So funny.
Our new logo. Do you likey?
Our First Chicken Day of the Season is Fast Approaching!
Come by the afternoon of July 18th, or later by arrangement, to pick up some of our pasture raised chickens. The birds come processed and bagged, ready for your oven or freezer.
You can make a deposit via paypal if you want to guarantee your order.
Click Chicken Reservations for more info.