About Our Chicken
Here at Kraut Creek we raise two different breeds of chickens for our meat. We started this branch of our farm by raising heritage breed Freedom Rangers and the more common chicken raised by farmers across the United States, the Cornish Cross. All our birds are started in a very large water tank with a heat lamp and are put out on pasture at just a few weeks old. Once on pasture the work is multiplied as they quickly eat through the grass supply inside their netted area. Once a week, we net a new area and the chickens get fresh eating!! They are also fed Kraut Creek Non-GMO chicken feed.
The Freedom Rangers take 9-11 weeks to raise and the flavor? It's amazing!!! These chickens are known for doing well in a pasture raised setting, and since that's what we do they're a great fit! However, the processing plant who processes our chickens for us will not cut these birds as their bones are too hard. Therefore, when we decided to offer chicken pieces, we had to start raising the more common Cornish Cross. Most of our whole birds are still the Freedom Rangers...some of our winter 2017 stock are Cornish Cross as we needed more to fill our freezers and didn't have enough warm weather left to put out Freedom Rangers.
The Cornish Cross is a very fast growing bird, reaching it's finish weight in just 6-8 weeks. They don't like to venture out very far in the pasture setting which resulted in our need to have many, many feeders placed throughout their pasture paddock.
We used to get complaints of 'tough' chicken. We did extensive research as to why that would be happening and discovered that if we cool in a refrigerator for several days before sticking them in the freezer, the tough meat issue is no longer an issue!! We were delighted to discover that little 'trick'!
We'd LOVE to have you check it out!! Come on out to the farm store and try our chicken for yourself!