From their houses, to their pastures, to their complex diet, our hens have a very nice life on our farm…

The best food for our hens…

Our hens enjoy certified organic layer feed from a local supplier.  Because we buy local this cuts down on carbon emissions and keeps money flowing in our community. In addition we feed sprouted grains as a treat.  It’s important that our ladies are healthy and happy with a varied diet.

Our organic pastures are amazing!

Our farm has multiple rotating pastures.  We like to plant seasonal greens in every pasture.  In the summer the farm grows tomatoes, corn and summer squashes for high vitamins and a varied diet which our ladies love.  We grow pumpkins and winter squash with kale for the hens in the autumn pasture. The winter pasture has turnips, kale, and grasses. In spring our lovely ladies enjoy fine bladed grasses, clover, kale, buckwheat and radishes.

Our hen palace is plush…

Heron’s Nest Farm has two 75’ x 20’ greenhouses adjacent to multiple pastures.  Hens can stay inside during cold or rainy weather with LOTS of space to peck and scratch.  Every hen has 16 inches of roost space and clean roll out nest boxes to lay in. While some hens enjoy remaining inside, on most days you will find the girls roaming far out into the pasture to look for bugs and eat to their hearts content.

Clean houses makes for happy hens…

 

We use the deep litter method in our houses.  What this means is that hens have a natural dirt floor with 12’ of straw to dig through.  This creates a natural eco system where mycelium and fungi thrive.  Every day we throw organic grains in and the hens turn the ground.  Hens eat all sorts of live organisms in the litter that keep their gut thriving with microbes.  The natural scratching action turns all that bedding into glorious organic compost; It is regularly removed and we use this black gold to grow our chickens’ food, the ingredients for our fermented hot pepper sauces and to feed our orchard that produces our amazing jams and sauces.

It’s in the extras…

In addition to great pasture and food we provide natural wormer tea made from our secret blend of herbs and peppers. This is gentle and keeps our layers in tip top shape.  Organic apple cider vinegar is added to the water system periodically to keep their ph optimal.  If weather conditions are extreme hens receive a dose of GMO free vitamin C powder in their water to put a spring in their step.

Chicks have their own cottage…

We breed and hatch our chicks here at Heron’s Nest Organic Farm. Chicks start in the nursery and graduate to the baby room.  Once they are fully feathered they head to a 16’ x 50’ greenhouse with access to a private pasture where they learn from Grandpa Chuck (the sweetest rooster alive) who teaches them all things chicken and keeps them safe in the pasture.

Grandpa Chuck Orpington takes care of chicks