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January 10, 2011

(fresh eggs from the other day)

Hello Portland-area friends and general reader folks,

We’ve got quite a few birds and a goat that we’ve raised up from little fellas that are now ready to become food. They’ve all been pasture-raised with some grain supplement and cared for very closely. A little history on what we have available:

Two or three Bourbon Red or Narragansett turkeys. We’re keeping one of the Bourbon Red toms and probably both of the Narrangansetts (one tom and one hen). We’ve had these birds for five to seven months (compared to the three-month lifespan of your Broad-Breasted White Turkeys at the grocery store) since they were just little birdies growing bigger in our garage then we transferred them outside to bigger space and more pasture. Now they wander around the property eating leftover apples on the ground, pecking and scratching about, sometimes perching above our large barn to keep an eye on things (no small feat for an animal that most don’t know can fly!). Anyhow, they’ve become increasingly aggressive to some of the small chickens and are costing more and more to feed everyday so the time has come. Price on these guys is $6/pound processed weight. I’m guessing based just on handling these guys on a regular basis that they are in the eighteen to twenty pound range.  They are definitely heavy!  My estimates of animal weight aren’t the best, so don’t hold me accountable on that.

Next up are our Delaware gentlemen. We got these guys (and some gals) the first week of September (day before Jay and Jessi’s wedding) and now they’re all grown up! These are a ‘dual-purpose’ heritage breed so they make great egg layers and meat birds. We chose them for this and also because they are listed as ‘critical’ by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy ( so we’re going to try to get some chicken hatching going on farm so they have a colony going. This involves selectively keeping some broody hens and nice/prolific roosters. Price on these boys is also $6/pound processed. I’m guessing four to ten pounds. About fifteen available.

We took it upon ourselves to raise some Cornish Cross chickens for meat. There’s plenty written about this breed online, so I won’t go into them too much. They are the product of American industrial agriculture, bred to get very big very quickly. I’ve read they can’t/won’t breed naturally, but we bought twenty of them as an experiment: can we give these birds a good life? We bought them in mid-October so they’ve now lived approximately twice as long as most of their peers! The standard butcher time for this chicken is seven or eight weeks and ours are approaching fourteen or fifteen weeks now. Usually they are medicated and fed in small crates, preventing them from burning calories and keeping them from getting sick. We lost one third of them to poor health, but we didn’t medicate and we fed them a slightly lower protein diet so they wouldn’t get so obese they wouldn’t be able to walk. They’re a bit bizarre, but they are definitely healthy and happy and plump and have spent most of their lives with outdoor access. The past week I’ve had them in a mobile chicken tractor so they get fresh grass once or twice a day. Price is $5/pound processed. Roughly four to nine pounds each. Thirteen available.

Last up is one of our goats. He was one of the first farm animals we bought and has been a good personality around the yard, but we’ve learned lots since last April and now we don’t have much room for an animal that is consuming without producing. He’s been fed pasture with some local hay and small amounts of grain and veggie scraps. We’re new to this, but I’m thinking we’ll sell him in halves. I’d guess a half is about twenty pounds finished weight for $6/pound. He’s a LaMancha/Nigerian Dwarf cross so he’s not exactly a ‘meat goat,’ but he’s got quite a stocky build.

Of course we also have got eggs that are coming out at an increasing rate as the days get longer. Eggs are $4/dozen. Ask about availability.

Bourbon Red turkey: $6/pound 2-3 available
Delaware chicken: $6/pound 15 available
Cornish Cross chicken: $5/pound 13 available
LaMancha/Nigerian goat: $6/pound available in halves
Eggs: $4/dozen

Payment: cash, Paypal

Please let me know what you’d like and when you’d like it. For chicken, let me know if you’d like small, medium, or large and, depending on what’s available, I’ll accommodate.  I’ll need a little time to coordinate with a processing facility for some of the animals. If anyone is interested in slaughtering and butchering his or her own chicken, let me know and we’ll work something out. For pickup of dressed and packaged meat please get in touch and we’ll arrange a time. Thanks so much for supporting us as we humanely raise these animals and offer you a high quality product! I hope you all know that you’re welcome to come visit us whenever you’d like to see our setup and visit the animals.

Email, call, text, Facebook, tweet, whatever you do!,

503.927.7874, 503.360.6113

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ryan permalink
    January 10, 2011 9:21 pm

    Yaaaay! I will be placing my order soon! Go D & J Ranchotopia!

  2. January 13, 2011 8:24 pm

    I’m gonna share this with some friends!

  3. January 13, 2011 8:28 pm

    yes, please do!

  4. January 14, 2011 9:52 am

    I’ll send this out to my customers and see if anyone needs anything!

  5. January 19, 2011 5:22 am

    I am SO jealous of your local friends, I’d totally be hitting you up for locally humanely raised meat if I weren’t on the opposite side of the country! I just need my jewelry biz to do a bit better and for DBF to be able to telecommute before we can move anywhere *sob*

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