Broilers are raised from Cornish Cross chicks, normally 4 to 6.0lb's dressed weight. This is a large variety of chicken known for rapid growth so they can be harvested at a good size while they are still young and tender. We contract for these chickens to be grown for us at a local farm nearby. The feed may not be GMO free as that used and made for livestock and poultry raised on our Rocky Ridge Ranch. They are raised free range and fed on-farm mixed feed using fresh local grains with supplements for protein, calcium and minerals but no hormones, bi-products or medications. These birds have a rich full natural flavor and firm tender flesh that provides a gourmet dining experience. They are processed locally at the contracted farm which is a licensed WSDA processor. Mass produced poultry can't duplicate the eating quality of these broilers. They are raised in a sheltered spacious open area with plenty of room to roam around. They are not raised in crowded pens or cages; they roam freely in a warm well ventilated and lighted area protected from predators. Whole Free-Range Boilers are available fresh flash frozen year round.
Turkeys, Ducks & Geese
We also raise a few Free-Range-Pastured Turkeys grown very similar to the Broilers above except they are raised outdoors free range and pastured after leaving the brooders. We advise an early on-line order for turkeys for pick-up in November. We call them "Banquet Turkeys" because they usually range in size from 15 to 30 lbs to feed a large family or holiday group. Since our turkeys are fresh flash frozen they do not need to be commercially injected with saline or oil to make them taste good and be tender and juicy. They will be tender and juicy naturally! We also have some wonderful Ducks and Geese raised and fed the same way as well.
Farm Fresh Eggs
The keywords are FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!!!
Eggs FRESH from a local farm; laid, gathered and delivered this week! No long term refrigeration, no multiple handling, no transporting all over the nation for long distances. No disinfectant or preservative coatings needed! This is why our yolks are firm and brightly colored and the egg whites are not watery. Natural membranes of the egg shell keep out water and bacteria for 7-10 days during handling. For the best quality and nutrition, use eggs within 30 days.
Chickens are fed FRESH feed ground and mixed on the farm using fresh crop grains from local farms whenever possible.. Feed is a fresh ground and mixed with a custom blend including available organic ingredients with NO SOY. This means NO low cost feed grain from long term storage that may have been treated frequently with insecticides and fungicides. Also the feed has no rendered animal or poultry bi-products. Instead Alfalfa, Flax and Seaweed are used to provide the supplemental ingredients needed, which also raises the level of Omega-3. Instead of feeding arsenic, antibiotics and hormones to stimulate growth and egg production we use probiotics and fresh alfalfa or green pasture, when in season, for supplemental vitamin mineral intake. Our layer feed is "Vegetarian" but our chickens are not. They are allowed to forage on whatever bugs, worms and critters the pasture or barnyard provides.
The Layers get FRESH air and sunlight everyday! They are free range and on pasture in the growing season. No cage confinement with artificial ventilation or stagnant ammonia filled air and artificial lighting year around. Also water is from the farm well and is "not fooled around with" in any way.
Rocky Ridge Ranch started raising chickens free range in 1987 with only 12 layers. Soon an egg surplus developed and as folks have discovered our eggs the demand for eggs has steadily grown. Since these chickens live as natural as possible the egg production varies with the season and weather changes so please be patient when temporary shortages develop.