The Barn Yard

The animals at our farm are given the best locally grown foods available, quality natural grains, allowed unlimited amounts of natural sunshine, fresh air and exercise, never fed routine antibiotics, hormones, or unnatural growth stimulants.  Using sustainable agricultural techniques, they are provided with an environment where they can thrive.

Our free-range chickens range outdoors in the barnyard area and woodlands.  They do what all chickens do naturally: eat bugs, greens, and whatever leftovers they can scrounge or scratch up.

The nutritional value of free-range eggs makes this a worthwhile endeavor for the farmer wanting to produce higher quality eggs for a healthier diet.  Recently,Mother Earth News did an egg study comparing free-range eggs to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs.  The findings showed that free-range chicken eggs produced the following results:

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta-carotene

Besides the obvious nutritional benefits, free-range eggs simply taste better!

Orpington History

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Buff Orpington hens roosting in a Mimosa Tree

The black Orpington was created and introduced in 1886 by William Cook. This new hybrid bird was then named after William’s residence in Kent. To create the black he crossed it with Minorcas, Plymouth Rock and Langshans.

The White Orpington followed 3 years later and was a cross between a White Leghorn and a Black Hamburg and a White Dorking. This was not such a popular colour at the time. The Buff Orpington was introduced later as people wanted a buff coloured bird. The Queen Mother was apparently a keeper of this bird.

Behavior

Orpingtons are birds which like to be free range. They have a very strong tendency to go broody and therefore make great mothers. Their eggs are small and pinkish. They are greedy birds and need exercise to keep fit. Their wingspan is short therefore they can be kept in areas with low fences.

Guinea hens

guinea-hensGuineas are very interesting and unique creatures.

They have many uses. They are kept frequently for a source, of income, meat, watchdogs, and entertainment.

They are extremely hardy birds, and forage very well. They are an ideal bird for any farm.