Last Chicks!

Last Thursday my last batch of Cornish cross chicks came from the hatchery.  It is hard to believe that we only have 8 more weeks left in the broiler season!

Happy chicks.

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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

7 Responses to Last Chicks!

  1. Our last batch of broilers arrive tomorrow. Chickens are wrapping up, the garden is changing rapidly and it feels like fall has arrived early.

  2. Angela Wasson says:

    I hope to take this farm model and use it myself, so this question is really meant for information and not to try and get anyone in trouble, because I really do LOVE your farms work! Are you guys now USDA certified? Just the way your labels look I was wondering and I know that you weren’t in the beginning. We are trying to decided if we too should just sell “live birds” or if we should just go ahead and get certified. This week I am looking into getting a mobile processing unit together and renting it out on the off times.

    Do you guys still do the overnight stays at the farm? I am from Iowa, but am thinking that my husband and I need to try and see if we can come for a visit.

    Thank you for all your information. Done with the first Salatin book and onto the next!

    • Sheri Salatin says:

      Hi Angi,
      We are certified to sell up to 20,000 birds per year. All of our beef and pork is also certified.

      Overnight guests: No, we no longer have a place for overnight guests here at the farm and we don’t accept “workers for the day”. However you are welcome to come visit and see everything and stay at a hotel or bed & breakfast in the area. Staunton is our closest “true” town.

  3. Molly Gray says:

    Hi- was wondering where you guys get those long feed trays for the small chicks? we have only been able to find ones that are 24″ long. Thanks!

    • Leilani says:

      I think they make them. We have been using the round feeders that hold 7-15 pounds of feed in our chicken tractors but are going to make some of the long feeders to replace them with. The holding capacity of the rounds is nice but I think the feeder space per bird is more important.