Why Choose Pasture Raised Poultry?
Truly sustainable livestock farming requires the use of a pasture-based system. Pasture-raised animals roam freely in their natural environment where they're able to eat nutritious grasses and other plants that their bodies are adapted to digest. In addition to dramatically improving the welfare of farm animals, pasturing also helps reduce environmental damage, and yields meat, eggs, and dairy products that are tastier and more nutritious than foods produced in more intensive production systems. Poultry are originally forest dwelling species. We notice that our birds often prefer the mixed woodland/grassland habitat, not only for the cover from aerial predators and the hot Okanagan sun but also for the mix of insects and vegetation that grow there.
Animal Health Benefits
On pasture, chickens get about 15-20% of their diet from the grass and forage (other plants) and get additional vitamins and protein from eating insects. The majority of their diet is from grain and oilseeds but they obviously enjoy eating the live plants and insects. It is fun to watch them “stalk” a grasshopper and they are greatly excited when they get a worm!
Animals raised on pasture enjoy a much higher quality of life than those confined within intensive production systems. When raised on open pasture, animals are able to move around freely and carry out their...