Chris and his family have been tending and nurturing their organic, free range chickens to the highest standards since 2002 on their farm in the beautiful Mid Devon Countryside.
After a stint in the corporate world, followed by a taste of farming by running a dedicated egg packing business, Chris took a leap of faith and joined a long family tradition of self-employment and decided to set up his own organic chicken rearing business in 2002. Initially Chris worked very closely with a large family run chicken processing business until he decided to go solo, build up his own organic poultry business and eventually branch out into processing his own poultry by building his own abattoir close to the family farm.
Our chicks arrive on the farm at a day old. They are ‘as hatched’ so are male and female which ensures a wide variety of birds as they grow at different rates and provide different sizes of chickens naturally.
The chicks are slow growing Hubbard birds that tend to roam more than other breeds. These little chicks take months to grow, unlike their intensively reared cousins.
Our chicks grow indoors for 3-4 weeks. This ensures that they have a warm, stable environment within the first weeks of their lives, much like they would have with mother hen. They have plenty of food, water, deep wood flake bedding and most importantly space to move and scurry about.
These feet are made for walking!
After 3-4 weeks, the chicks are let out during daylight hours to peck, roam and forage. Despite being naturally shy birds, we like to encourage them to explore. Plenty of lush grass, insects, trees and shelter encourages the birds outside and the more there is, the further they can stretch their legs. They can cover a lot of ground during the day, having the freedom to roam and scratch far and wide on the clover rich pasture.
Our birds are provided with as much natural light as possible and have the freedom to roam acres of organic land from dawn until dusk. They have access to straw bales and perches, outdoor shelters, balls with which to play and CDs glinting in the sun that catch their attention.
The organic pasture gives our chickens lots of insects, worms and vegetation to forage. You may even spot a fight over a worm! All this activity means their bones and muscles develop properly; slowly and strong.
These cheery chooks mature in 72 days; nice and slowly as nature intended. The exercise, natural and varied diet and outdoor life means that they also have natural immunity to diseases.
The result? Happy, healthy, lean and ultimately tasty organic chicken produced in the traditional way.
Our organic free-range chickens are fed organically grown wheat along with whatever is in season; sunflower, peas, beans. There are absolutely no additives, synthetic products, hormones or growth promoters and no routine antibiotics are given to the birds. They love the freedom of pecking and scratching around in the diverse range of plants and grasses, insects and worms, all of which contain lots of vitamins and nutrition.
Our chickens are grown slowly and naturally to 10 weeks. Because we are small scale we can take the time to look after our birds and ensure high standards of animal welfare at all stages of their growing and processing cycle.
Chris’s passion for what he does extends to how the birds are processed. To maintain and ensure the high levels of care and welfare through to the delicious meat you put on your plate, he decided to build his own abattoir in 2012.
All processes at the factory are constantly monitored and audited both internally and externally by the Food Standards Agency and our customers. Our chicken are raised to exacting standards that comply with Organic Farmers & Growers and Soil Association accreditation and chicken can be supplied to either OF&G or S.A standards. The staff are highly trained and dedicated to the welfare of the chicken and the quality of the meat that is delivered.
The distance between the farm and the processing unit is a matter of miles which means that importantly, the chickens are calm and do not have to endure the unnecessary stress of protracted travel times.
We strongly believe in our values, ethics, farming methods and animal welfare. By being organic we are also conserving and bettering our land and environment. We plant trees for shade, and areas for the chicken to explore and to encourage wildlife and insects. We recycle the chicken dung to local organic farmers for their land. We land share with other farmers allowing them to grow whole crop for their dairy cattle. Our processing unit is also ‘run by the sun’; solar panels provide our electricity and rainwater is harvested for use in the factory.
We minimise waste by using as much of it as possible. We sell our carcasses for delicious and nutritious bone broth and the giblets are sold with our whole birds.