General Farm Questions
"Do you do farm tours? Can we come see your farm and make sure you aren't just a little CAFO with a trumped up website?"
We host an open house twice per year. To get up to date information on farm open house events please subscribe to our newsletter.
"What are your prices?"
Please view the "Our Animals" pages to see current product pricing.
"We are wondering if your chicken feed has corn? If it does have corn, is it gmo?"
We feed our all of our chickens, meat birds and laying hens, fresh pasture and Modesto Millings Organic Soy-free grain. All of the feed we purchase is from Modesto Milling, they use only organic feeds and source it domestically. Since the feed is certified organic it can not contain GMO grains. Please visit Modesto Milling to see ingredients.
"What about heads/feet/giblets? Can we get these?"
The processor adds hearts, livers, gizzards and necks (for stock) inside the bird. The best chicken stock flavor comes when including feet. Feet are often available for purchase in 2 lb bags. If you want feet, see you at the farmer's market.
"When do we pay for the chicken, at order time, for the whole season?"
We no longer take pre-orders for chicken. We are growing lots of daily-move chicken, the best way to figure out where we are selling our products is to sign up for our mailing list.
"Can they be frozen whole?"
Yes, they come to you in a freezer bag already, just throw them in the freezer when you get them. We will be selling them fresh for a few days after we get them, then we will freeze what's left and sell them frozen. Freezing does not affect the quality of poultry as it does fish, for whatever reason. My family eats almost all of our chickens out of the freezer.
"Can I volunteer for a chicken harvest? What does that entail?"
Sadly, we no longer process our own chicken on farm. The processor we now go to is excellent, they do a fantastic job in a fraction of the time we could have done it in, and we've simply grown in volume beyond what we could harvest ourselves. It also allows us to sell to our favorite restaurants and sell our birds at Farmer's Markets.
"We are wondering if you have predator issues and, if so, how you manage this, as we do not wish to support any poisoning or shooting of wildlife."
I do have predator problems. I have been hit by: racoons, skunks, weasels, foxes, opossums, 1 mountain lion got 2 lambs once, domestic dogs and Cooper's hawks. I would not put poison out because I have lots of free range animals myself and also I'm in farming because I want to help the environment. With poison its hard to prevent another animal from eating the poisoned target animal and thus getting poisoned itself.
I put a hot wire on my mobile chicken pens so when one of the mammals visits they get hit on the nose with a little voltage and they don't come back. I get shocked by these regularly so no worries, they are fine after the experience (I've had a small number of entanglement accidents). The hawks cannot get my meat birds because instead of day ranging I move bottomless but fully enclosed pens every day to new grass.
I have my egg laying birds surrounded by portable electric-net fence. They can go in/out of their roosting structure at the crack of dawn and as late as they please in the evening. Their only protection from hawks is their roosters, about 1 for every 15-25 hens. Roosters are watchful and usually see the hawk in time to warn the flock and that alarm call tips the advantage to the chickens.