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The Chickens

Meat Chickens

We purchase day-old Cornish Cross chicks from Sunnyside Hatchery in Beaver Dam, WI. We raise them in a warm brooding area to start with, but the chicks are encouraged to begin exploring the outdoors as soon as one week of age. They are raised outdoors in large pens.

boxes of day-old chicks
chicks in brooder The chicks receive a chick starter ration for 2 weeks. We use medication-free, vegetarian starter ration.

At two weeks of age the birds are switched to a custom-blended feed containing corn, soybean meal, and a vitamin/mineral mix.

No medications or animal byproducts are in that custom blend.
little chicks outside larger chickens outside

Meat chickens are ready for processing at 7 to 8 weeks of age. Our chickens are inspected, processed, and frozen at Nelson-Shine Produce in Brainerd, MN.

The weight of the finished, frozen whole chickens is in the 4.5- to 5.5-pound range.


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