All our poultry live in our paddocks – protected from predators by Saydi our trusted Maremma.
The chickens can do whatever they want, all the time. We don’t even lock them up at night time.
This means our chickens are genuine ‘pasture-raised’ chickens as they can eat grass and roots and forage for bugs, worms, larvae and more. They also benefit from lots of natural sunlight.
Although we still provide a feed pellet for additional nutrition, the natural proteins and minerals from our rich volcanic paddocks are essential in growing healthy, fully-feathered chickens with thicker skins and darker, stronger-flavoured meat.
While intensive factory farming producers grow a Size 18 chicken in less than 6 weeks, it takes us a full 12 weeks to grow our chickens and it’s worth the wait.
They develop quite differently with much more muscle in the legs from roaming around.
There’s no doubting you can taste the difference. Pastured chicken is much less watery, not quite as soft and has a distinctly earthier and more gamey flavour.
If you cook it a bit slower you’ll release all the natural flavour. Our customers love it.
We currently run 40 laying Isa Brown hens and up to 1000 Cobb meat birds together in a 30 hectare paddock under the watchful eye of Saydi.
This calculates to a stocking rate of just 35 hens per hectare.