Our 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.
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. Additionally, our chickens are 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. After three weeks our chicks are moved to the pasture where they’ll be moved daily to a new, fresh pasture. They’re allowed to forage, scratch, run around, and express their natural chicken behavior inside our Mobile Range Coops. They’re fed only non-GMO feed milled right here in Texas. Lastly, we harvest our poultry humanely in small batches at our farm-owned, USDA 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 which are 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 Houses
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 begin the healing process and bring back life to a desperate soil. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, let’s be brief and check out the picture below. What you're seeing is photos taken on the same day, in the same field. The only difference is chickens.