Our farm is in Oregon's Coast Range,
which has a mild climate that allows our free-range hens to maintain an
outdoor lifestyle year-round, even during rare winter snow, as shown in
the photo. We have a flock of about 500 chickens in our free-range egg
operation, and around 1500 pastured broilers during the six-month broiler
season. We also raise a batch of turkeys for Thanksgiving.
We've been raising free-range eggs and pastured broilers since the mid-Nineties
We've been rediscovering the old-time American free-range poultry methods developed during poultrykeeping's Golden Age between 1900 and 1960.
We read pretty much the entire collection of ancient poultry books and magazines in Oregon State University's Valley Library, and tried or adapted
as many of these as possible. We've put our findings up on this site.
One of the things we learned is that pasture-raised chickens product better-tasting eggs and meat, and are a lot more fun to deal with than
confined chickens. We also discovered many cases where simpler, more inexpensive methods worked as well as complex and expensive ones, and often better.
Chicken coops are the most popular topic on the site.
Build a Healthy Traditional Chicken Coops!
You need your chicken coop to promote health and happiness
in your chickens. Let's face it: Chickens aren't really suited to confinement. They're outdoor creatures, and need a
airy, light-filled coop.
Tragically, most chicken coop plans are for dank and stuffy chicken dungeons.
Chickens are like miners' canaries: suffering in an airless, confined environment.
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This book is an oldie but a goodie, going into every detail and answering
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describes other designs by many other people. In addition to housing, it contains many nuggets of poultrykeeping
Fresh-Air Poultry Houses
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People like you care deeply about chickens and know that housing them in a healthy environment is essential.
But until now, the best methods of doing this have been forgotten.
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Lots of information on building your own brooder boxes, especially easy-to-build insulated brooders that
brood more chicks, more comfortably, on less heat!
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