While many people are familiar and comfortable with the phrase “free-range chickens,” what we do with our chickens on Tyner Pond Farm is truly raise them on the pasture... but with some intentional restrictions. We’ll explain.
Our chickens live in chicken mobiles that we move around the fields. The chickens spread cattle manure and eat the bugs the manure attracts. This helps our ecosystem by dispersing nutrients into our soil and eliminating the need to add any insecticides to our pasture. It’s an amazing, efficient system. And the chickens love it, because they know every morning when we come out to move the cages that they are going to spend the day on a fresh patch of grass loaded with bugs. They actually move to the front of the cage when they see us approach -- they’re that excited!
Our pasture-raised chickens are a heritage breed known as the White Delaware. The Delaware is one of 19 heritage breeds that have been designated as critically threatened, which means there are fewer than 500 left.
First introduced in 1940, Delawares are a cross between New Hampshire Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks, bred with the goal of maintaining the terrific egg production of these two breeds but with a higher quality meat than a typical layer chicken provides.
But don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself.