Hawkins Sisters Ranch
Pasture Raised Chickens & Custom Processing
These birds are the gold standard for tender meat and quick cooking techniques. Our relatively slow growing Cornish Cross start their lives at an Oregon hatchery and arrive on our farm two days old. They are raised in open-air hoop houses and fed a custom-blend of local wheat, barley and legumes mixed with organic camelina meal, fishmeal, minerals and enzymes. They move from the brooder to the hayfield at about 3 weeks old depending on the weather. After that we feed them each morning outside on the grass. In the evening they are fed again inside their hoop house and bed down on sustainably harvested, soft wood chips. The deep litter, mixed with rich manure, we collect for composting and eventually it returns to our pastures.
Liver, Gizzards, Hearts, neck, Feet, Fat
Each time we process our own birds we make packages of livers, gizzards, hearts, necks and feet. Those parts are each tasty a variety of ways and, in particular, contribute to wonderful rich broth. We sometimes create packages of yellow fat as well for rendering into delicious schmaltz. Always, if there’s a part your family loves to eat, please ask us if we can save it for you.
We raise a few Broad Breasted turkeys each year to have available in the fall. They eat the same non-GMO, mostly local, custom milled feed our chickens do and have a big yard. We enjoy watching them grow and carry-on all summer. If you’d like to enjoy one coming out of your own oven let us know soon, they get spoken for quickly.
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