Chicken & Duck
   
Our home-grown chickens and ducks are raised on whole, non-GMO grains, vegetable scraps and foraged goodies that they find for themselves in the grass and leaves around their home. We do not treat our birds with hormones or antibiotics. Our birds are ready for your freezer by mid-September and they range in size from 3 1/2 pounds to just over 5 pounds.
   

Purchase

All of our meat birds can be purchased by contacting us directly.

Meat is NOT available at the Farm Boutique.

Available in September 2018

Whole Frozen Chickens: $4.25/lb
Whole Frozen Ducks: $6/lb



Pickup/Delivery
Pickup of meat birds will be made on-farm at a date to be decided. Bring a cooler with sufficent ice packs as necessary.

Delivery to the Greater Toronto Area can be arranged for a minimum order (6 birds) and with an additional fee.

Please contact us to make arrangements.


Roast chicken marinated and stuffed with garlic scapes sitting in a 10" pan.
   
   
   
About Our Chickens
Our chickens are a commercial dual-purpose breed. As chicks, they are fed a non-GMO starter mix and then as they age, they are put on whole grains to finish: wheat, blackoil sunflower seeds and millet. Their diet is also supplemented with vegetable scraps and they often forage for other natural goodies.

They begin their lives in a special room in our straw bale chicken coop. At about 3 weeks old, we move them into their new home which is a pole-barn that has been modified to keep them safe from predators. Once they are large enough, they are allowed to wander the gardens and pastures to forage, scratch and play.

After living with us for 15 to 20 weeks, we bring our birds to a government inspected abattoir for processing.

 


Meat bird housing in the pole-barn.

Meat bird chicks in the straw bale chicken coop.

Pole-barn housing.

Charlie and her 17 babies (2017).
About our Ducks
Muscovie ducks are large ducks that originated from Central and South America. The drakes (males) are very large - some are 30+ inches in length and over 15lbs, whereas the females are half the size. Unlike other ducks, Muscovies do not 'quack' but instead, 'hiss' similar to a snake!

Our ducks are a mix of colours - pure white, white with dark green and black and some are brown. As they age, all our ducks develop the Muscovie characteristic canucles around their face. Carnucles are the red, featherless areas around their eyes and sometimes around their necks or beaks.

Although they were originally a jungle bird, we find them to be a hardy breed in our northern climate and it is a joy to watch them fly around the property!

In the spring, they can be found bathing in the snow-melt ephermeral pools. During the summer, we provide duck baths under rain spouts to allow them to bathe and frolic in the water. Our whole ducks range in size from 5 to 9 lbs.


Babies bathing in a rainwater pool.

Duck swimming in one of our seasonal ponds.
Animal Care
All our chickens and ducks are fed a mix of whole grains and legumes (wheat, sunflower seeds, millet, legumes and peas), supplemented with fresh vegetable bits and naturally sourced calcium. We do not treat our birds with anitbiotics or pharmaceuticals. When a bird is sick we treat her with apple cider vinegar, oilve oil, garlic and herbs, and bring her into the house where we can nurse her back to health.

The chickens and ducks spend the day foraging in the yards, gardens, and pastures, socialising with the other farm animals. At night, we protect our flocks from preditors in spacious buildings where they have access to grains and fresh water.
 
 

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