Cobb Creek pastured poultry is raised the old fashioned way: on fresh green pasture and wholesome, non-GMO feed. Our model has been developed over the last twenty years and allows the birds to be raised in a cleaner, healthier, happier environment. All Cobb Creek boilers are harvested humanely right on the farm in our state-inspected processing facility.
Meet OUR CHICKENS.
At Cobb Creek Farm we raise pastured Cornish Cross broilers. Each bird is humanely raised and given the continuous opportunity to act on its natural chicken instincts. Our chickens are:
- never given antibiotics, steroids, hormones, or arsenic. We are a drug free poultry farm.
- brooded out of the weather on deep bedding that provides protection for the new chicks and an environment where they can express their natural chicken behavior. They are never brooded on wire floors or slats.
- taken to pasture at three weeks of age and moved daily to a new, fresh pasture.
- allowed to forage, scratch, run around, and express their natural chicken behavior inside our Mobile Range Coops.
- given only non-GMO feed milled in Texas.
- harvested humanely in small batches at our farm-owned, state-inspected processing facility.
When a chicken is newly hatched, it is very fragile and needs special care. Our day-old chicks go directly into a brooder house which acts as a nursery for the first three weeks of life. The floor is deeply bedded with wood shavings and peat moss which is aerated and augmented between each batch of chicks to encourage composting. Once the bedding pack has peaked, we remove it and use it as compost around the farm. No harmful chemicals are used in the brooder, which makes the compost ideal for vegetable production or pasture enhancement. The chicks in the brooder always have access to heat, water, grit, and feed.
MOBILE RANGE COOPS.
When the chicks reach the age of three weeks, they are strong enough to go to pasture. We catch and crate the chicks at night to lower their stress levels. Once crated, we place them into our Mobile Range Coops (MRCs), which will be their home until age seven to eight weeks. Our open bottom MRCs are 36 ft. long, 20 ft. wide and 12 ft. high and can accommodate 500-600 birds. Each is surrounded by a single wire of electric fence to keep out predators (this is a non-lethal predator control method; we strive to work with nature rather than against it). Most importantly, the MRCs are moved daily to a fresh spot of pasture. Cobb Creek chickens receive fresh air, forage, exercise, sunshine, and a non-GMO grain ration.
Healing the land.
As we pull each MRC across the pasture, we are adding much needed fertility back to the soil via poultry manure. Our farm was mostly tilled up and farmed conventionally for decades and is in need of attention. By running chickens across the land we can began the healing process and bring back life to a desperate soil. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, lets be brief and check out the picture below. What your're seeing is photos taken on the same day, in the same field. The only difference is chickens.
We harvest broilers from the MRCs at seven or eight weeks of age. Once again they are caught at night to reduce stress, then processed right on the farm in our state-inspected facility. Cobb Creek farmers control and oversee every aspect of the harvesting process. We process less than 1,000 birds/day, versus 275,000/day at industrial processing plants, and each broiler is slaughtered by hand, rather than strung up alive to have their throats cut by unreliable machines. Our small-scale, one-on-one slaughter methods ensure that Cobb Creek chickens experience a minimum of stress and pain.