Bluebird Farm Pasture Chicken
We raise our chickens outside with full access to fresh pasture and certified organic grains.
We will not be raising chickens in 2018, and we will not raise chickens for an undetermined amount of time.
North Carolina's only poultry processor for independent farmers like Bluebird Farm closed suddenly due in the fall of 2017, causing severe problems for hundreds of small independant family farms in the region.
The absence of our pasture chicken enterprise is a financial blow to our farm. Please consider purchasing more of our other farm food like veggies, beef, and pork to help us make up an income shortfall for this year.
Join our farm membership with a pork or beef share if you've never tried them before.
The closure was due to a series of financial problems and strategy issues at our poultry processor. We valued the work and care that Foothills Pilot Plant put into the humane butcher of our pasture chickens, and we were partners in the farmer organization that helped get this facility started in 2012. There are currently people working to untangle certain financial and red tape difficulties, so a business or co-op can purchase Foothills Pilot Plant and reopen in late 2018 or 2019.
Pastures and forest, Certified Organic Grains
What's unique about our chicken? Diverse organic grains, fresh air, sunshine, grass, shaded forest, and room to roam produces deliciously flavored, tender meat.
Our pastured chickens forage for grass, clover, and insects. Their forage diet supplements a high-quality certified organic grain ration.
Certified Organic Grains
Our pastured chickens are fed certified organic grains their whole lives. The grains are never genetically modified or grown with synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides. Organic grains are grown in planned crop rotations that build up the quality and fertility of the farm soil while producing wholesome grains for people and animals.
Our chickens are never fed antibiotics because they don’t need any. Our chickens are raised in a healthy outdoor environment eliminating the usage of sub-therapeutic antibiotics. When chickens have room on pasture, fresh air, and eat green plants and insects they maintain a strong immune system. Fresh air and plenty of fresh pasture provides a "real chicken" life!
Healthy chickens mean healthy, flavorful meat! Our chickens are moist and tender and taste like real chicken! Pastured chicken has less fat that conventional chicken, so cooking times may be a bit shorter.
Freedom Rangers Breed
We raise Freedom Rangers, hardy meat chickens that excels in free range pastures. Our chickens are bred for flavor, large size, tenderness, and hardiness. We care for our tiny day old chicks in the warmth, sunlight, and fresh air of our baby chick brooder shelter until the chicks have fully feathered at about 4 weeks. The feathered chicks are moved to portable pasture coops and can withstand rain and temperature fluctuations while ranging over the pastures and through the forest. The chickens range from the pasture coops to the grass pastures to the forest's shade throughout the day.
Flavorful whole chicken- ready to broil, roast, or slow cook
Cut up chicken- breast, thighs, drumsticks, wings, bones