We currently have 300 laying hens and raise 60 broilers/week during the green season. On the left is a picture of our laying hens. Nothing out of the ordinary right? Wrong. Chickens raised on pasture are a truly rare thing in modern agriculture and are usually only found on small farms. Many people buy "Free Range" eggs at the supermarket thinking they are getting eggs from chickens raised outside when in fact free range simply means that the chickens are not raised in cages and are often raised in huge chicken houses fed nothing but grain. In fact it's very hard to find pastured eggs in the supermarket these days even though most egg marketing is aimed at misleading the consumer to think that they are.
Our hens are have 24/7 freedom to go where they want when they want. They spend most days out in the pasture eating grass, digging along the fence lines for bugs, and scratching in the freshly plowed areas of the farm for worms.