The breeding stock of our poultry is imported from the regions of Burgundy and Brittany in France. The genetic stock was derived from the American and European old heritage breed of chicken and was developed in the early 1960s to meet the highest standards of the French Label Rouge Free-Range program.
Currently, the colored range genetic stock is used by most non-factory alternative farm production models all across Europe and also by small pastured poultry producers in search of a traditionally raised farm chicken - just like the "oldies", healthy and with a succulent flavor and texture.
Since the Colored Range Broilers are all of a slower growing breed, they are naturally better suited to the higher welfare and true, natural rearing systems (full pasturing, free range, organic, certified, backyard etc.…).
In the United States most industrial poultry production models use fast growing breeds which are hybrid white synthetic Cornish crosses. Natural instinct and behavior is preserved in the selection and growing methods of the Colored Range breeding stock. It goes without saying that our birds love foraging in pastures, free ranging outside, always looking for natural sunlight and fresh air, as well as ground scratching and dust bathing
All of our chickens are raised outside in movable shelters with daily access to new grass and vegetation. The result is a firmer meat with a superior, more complex taste and a higher level of Omega 3 fatty acids when compared with confinement raised chickens that we find in the grocery store.
Several batches are raised through the summer and fall of each year and whole birds are picked up fresh on on-farm processing days that are announced to our Buyers Club and in our newsletter. We also work with local distributors to get our birds to farmer's markets that we frequent, and we'll work out a delivery schedule if you know of a farmer's market we're missing.
We strongly believe in traditional, sustainable, and environmentally friendly farming methods, and we're convinced that allowing the chickens to do what comes naturally ensures a far healthier and more nutritious meal for your table!