The Broilers Have Arrived
This week at Bertrand Farm 170 new broiler chicks were added to the livestock family. Unlike the numerous female hens – known as “layers”, which are continually kept on the property for fresh egg availability, the broilers’ stay is much briefer. Typically, white, male, and larger than layers, broiler chickens are bought and raised for their meat. Raised in large open structures known simply as houses or tractors, the broilers roam and interact with other chickens until they reach maturity which is normally 6-8 weeks, at which point they are prepared for the market. Because purchasing organically raised broilers is significantly more expensive than caged raised, Terri and other local sustainability activists are in the process of developing creative and innovative cooperative solutions. By lowering the cost of bringing the broilers to market, lower costing options are available to those who desire to eat organic but struggle to fit the higher costs into their budgets.
When chickens get to live like chickens, they’ll taste like chickens, too – Michael Pollan