Farm Fresh Chicken Meat in Illinois

Benefits of barn raised broiler chickens

While we would love to pasture raise our broiler chickens, we simply cannot due to limited land access. We have a small acreage and already dedicate a large percentage of it to pasturing our turkeys, our hens, and making space to grow delicious, chemical free produce. While we’d prefer to raise our chickens outdoors, please don’t think that the manner we raise them in is similar to conventionally raised birds.

On a typical pasture raised chicken farm, chicks are either hatched on site or brought in as day old chicks. No matter where they are sourced from, the baby chicks need to spend their first 3-4 weeks (depending on ambient temperatures outside) in a climate controlled brooder. Chicks need 95 degree heat the first few days of their lives, and that temperature requirement drops about 5 degrees per week after. Once they are old enough, fully feathered out, and hardy enough, they are transitioned to chicken tractors, movable structures where the allowed to graze new areas of forage each day. They are raised here until they have reached their target weight and are harvested at 7-9 weeks of age

The industry standard for stocking density for indoor production is around .75 sq ft per bird. We offer over 3 times that amount to our meat chickens. On top of this, we address our bedding needs daily which keeps their bedding dry, reduces bacterial exposure, and improves the quality of air and life for our birds. While giving broiler chickens pasture access allows them to roam and graze on grass, insects, seeds, and other natural food sources, rearing them inside also provides many benefits:

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1. Climate Control: Our indoor facility enables us to better regulate temperature and lighting conditions. This control allows for optimal environmental conditions throughout the year, regardless of external weather factors. Maintaining consistent temperatures can enhance bird comfort, reduce stress, and promote optimal growth rates.

2. Predator Protection: Raising our meat chickens indoors protects them from predators such as foxes, raccoons, mink, or birds of prey, which can threaten outdoor flocks.

Secure enclosures and fencing in indoor facilities help minimize losses due to predation and ensure the safety of the birds.

3. Enhanced Feed Efficiency: In our indoor setting we have recognized performance gains resulting in better feed conversion rates, faster weight gains, and shorter times needed to grow out our meat chickens. We source our vegetarian blend of grains and proteins from a local feed mill. These rations are specifically made for our flocks. We can raise our flocks indoors in about 6.5 weeks compared to an 8 week old pasture raised chicken.

4. Consistent Quality: Our indoor production facilitates better control over the growth and development of chickens, resulting in more consistent product quality. Uniformity in size, weight, and meat characteristics can be achieved through regulated feeding and environmental conditions. This consistency is desirable so that when you buy multiple packages of an item you can see similar weights, cook times, and serving sizes for your dinner needs.


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