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our new block of landSome of you will have noticed that we have been very quiet on the facebook and blogging front, and this has brought more than one enquiry of “Are you still producing chicken”.  This is because for the last 12 months, we have been trying to decide whether to continue with Local Pastures.

 

We have been very lucky to have access to farming land (for free) through friends.  This was greatly appreciated but the way we had our production set up also made things a bit more complicated......

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Below is a video of our basic pastured poultry pen setup based on the Polyface pen. We have electric net fencing around the pens as this was the first batch we did at this site so we took some extra precautions for the first week.

 

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Open for Orders

15/01/2013

Well the time has come and we are open for orders for our first batch of organic, pasture-raised, local chickens.   For South East Qld readers, that means it is time to test our succulent chicken for yourself.

 

We will be processing our chickens on the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February which means that whole chickens will be available for collection from Petrie from 28 January ......

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The hot weather in the past week has resulted in us The shade tenthaving to put in place a few extraordinary measures to try to help the chickens cope better with the jump in temperature. 

 

The first of these was simply to add an extra bucket to the water reservoir so....

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Chickens in the pasture penAt some point between 2-4 weeks, we transfer the chicks to their pasture pens.  The main reasons for the variation in the timeframe is the time of year (temperature) and expected weather – if bad weather is predicted, we will wait a few extra days.

 

The pens, each containing approx 75 chickens, are moved every morning to provide a fresh salad bar of greens for the chicks to ......  

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Chicks in brooder

When the chicks arrive, the main concern is getting them access to heat at approximately 32 degrees C .  Once they have warmed up they will then seek out water and food.  Our recent batch arrived on a day when it was approximately 37 degrees C so the chicks were straight to the food and water.

 

We use timber shavings and sawdust ......

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Chick Delivery

So what is involved in producing a pasture raised, beyond organic chicken you may ask.  Over the next few months, I will discuss the following four stages:

 

1)  Delivery of Chicks

2) Brooder (up to approx 2-4 weeks of age)

3) Pasture (up to approx 8 weeks of age)

4) Processing

 

Delivery of Chicks

As our chicks arrived by courier I thought it was timely to discuss the ethics of having chicks delivered in this way.  The main priorities for chicks......

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Why Farming

16/11/2012

Our garden chicken run

G’day, my name is Scott Luttrell and I would like to welcome you to Local Pastures.

 

I grew up on a farm where our main product was pork but we also grew crops and had some cattle.  Going through high school it seemed like farming was all about hard work for very little reward.  As a family we went through many tough years where making a profit was difficult ...... 

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