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Free-Range, Pasture Fed, organic and
humanely grown, grain fed..
Are just some of the terms used so I’m
not surprised that you are confused!
What is best for you?
Organic is obviously best - but hugely
expensive due to stringent regulations
and in South Africa a lack of organic
Free Range often means they live in a
chicken house, are on the floor and not
in cages and are allow to go outside or
into the sunshine for a little each day.
Pasture Fed means they are free to
feed naturally and roam on pasture.
Grain fed can mean anything!
They eat grain which can be natural or
in a pre-made feed, so it means
nothing really but it sounds
Our chickens are not organic (yet) but
they are free to roam on pasture and
they definitely eat whole grains!
At least you KNOW what you are
Our free range chicken farm is always
open for visitors to see exactly how we
raise our animals but you must make
an appointment please!
Why our Chickens TASTE so DAMN GOOD! (Our Pork too..)
Its pretty simple, really. They are allowed to live FREELY and to grow up naturally
as chickens should do.
Our chickens have constant access to a natural diet and enjoy plenty of fresh air
and sunshine. We do not use artificial growth stimulants; do not feed meat or
bone meal; and do not use antibiotics, (although for humane reasons we reserve
the right to medicate sick animals if required)
We raise our birds outside on pasture where they can scratch in the soil, eat
green plants and whatever bugs they find. We move the birds to clean fields on a
regular basis. This has the added advantage of spreading the poultry litter around which is important to the
management of our fields. Raising chickens in this way takes a little longer. Our birds reach marketable weights in
8-12 weeks as opposed to 6 weeks which is the industry standard. This longer growing period is a key factor in
growing a tasty LARGE chicken. Our chickens mature at their natural pace.
This obviously costs a little more, but in the end maybe not? Chickens reared this way have naturally MORE muscle
from running around instead of sitting still in a crowded chicken cage. More muscle equals more meat and
obviously LESS FAT! When you cook our birds you will see a difference, they don’t shrink down to nothing when the
My Inspiration - (yes I bought the manual on the net :-))
An amazing human being and an absolute expert on living in harmony with nature.
Chicken house construction
Flying chicken homes hover over George Airport!
We learnt a lot from Herman in the USA, but our conditions in South Africa, are just so different! WE had to do
it differently and we learnt the hard way!
Our first chicken house took off like an aerofoil on a windy night.
It ended up as a UFO, the pilots were CHICKEN so they abandoned ship and we sheepishly had to pick up
pieces all over the neighbours farms!
Our Gallery shows the re-design of the flying chicken house that made us the laughing stock!
But here is a preview of our re-enforced mobile chicken homes see more here at our free range chicken gallery
About Red Barn Free Range Farm