Pastured poultry goes beyond labels; it’s a community and a movement of farmers and eaters who intentionally choose to support a better way of raising chickens, eggs, and turkey.
The problem with poultry production today (in addition to the actual hard work of production) is that the claims of free range, organic, antibiotic-free, cage free, and natural are nearly indistinguishable from the white-washed commercial options consumers are trying to avoid in the first place.
The burden lies with us to create the change we need. That change starts with helping a wider group of people discover the benefits of buying and eating local pastured poultry. The “Better Way Forward” video equip us with much needed information that will help us find and purchase the truly unique poultry products we seek.
Something you might not have known – chicks can be ordered and shipped through snail mail. The number of hatcheries all over the US providing said service was surprising. If, like I was, you’re worried about the well-being of the chicks stuck in a cardboard crate for two days, don’t be. Apparently after hatching they can survive three days with no food or water. The nutrient stores from inside their egg will last them as their metabolism lies dormant. The order is expedited to 2-day shipping, shipment tracking is provided, and the post office calls before delivery to ensure someone will be home to accept.
Of the hundreds of breeds, I ordered four types based on their ability to tolerate the Texas heat, forage on pasture for food, and lay eggs. Twenty-six in total will be arriving the week of February 13th. I’m extremely excited and nervous! Check them out: