Green Meadows Farm has approximately 250 laying hens. Our chickens are a variety of Heritage breeds, including Black Australorps, Silver-laced Wyandottes and Plymouth Barred Rocks. Our chickens are moved frequently on pasture, allowing them a diet of grass, forage and bugs while being supplemented with a mix of organic grains. As they are moved around they improve the soil beneath them as they scratch and add manure. Typically, our chickens lay an egg about every day and a half, depending on the weather and daylight hours.
A question we hear frequently is, "Will chickens lay eggs without a rooster around?" The answer is, "Of course!" Roosters are only needed to fertilize the egg, but our laying hens do not have a rooster in with them. Our eggs are high in Omega-3 fatty acids because of the hens’ diet.Typical grocery store eggs are weeks old, whereas our eggs sell out nearly every day and can last a month or more in your fridge.
Interested in learning more about chickens? We Recommend: Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide.
Chickens for Meat
We also raise chickens for meat. We raise them in open air pens, which are moved to new pasture every few days. These chickens eat certified organic grain, plus fresh grass and bugs. They are processed when they are approximately twelve weeks old and weigh about three to five pounds. Because of their diet and access to fresh air, the taste of these birds is far superior to chickens available at supermarkets. You can find these chickens in our freezer. If you don't see them in the freezer, just ask and we can check in the back for you.
We raise heritage breeds of sheep at the farm each year. We move them all over the
property, using mobile electric fencing, to ensure they always get fresh pasture. The little lambs in the spring are by far the cutest animals on the farm. You can join us for Baby Lamb Day in May and enjoy them too.
Our forest-raised pork is extremely popular with our customers. Our pigs are free to roam through the woods. In addition to organic grain and forage, these pigs are also the first recipients of any leftover milk and organic vegetables from the farmstand. We’ve raised a variety of Heritage breed pigs including Tamworth and Berkshires. Each year we get a new group of piglets which we raise all summer and process in the fall and winter. Click here to learn more about our forest-raised meat and why it's so great.
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