Grade A RAW Cows Milk, Grass Fed Angus Beef, Pasture Raised Chickens, Rabbit Meat, Fryers & Roasters, Pastured Pork
Grade A RAW Cows Milk | Grass Fed Angus Beef | Pasture Raised Chickens | Rabbit Meat - Fryers & Roasters | Pastured Pork

Blackjack Valley Farms - Port Orchard, WA USA

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Blackjack Valley Farms - Port Orchard, WA USA
Growing up our family always raised a batch of meat chickens for the freezer.  Harvest day was exciting to me as a kid.  Dad would kill the birds and my Mom would be hunched over a wheelbarrow all day plucking.

I disliked plucking but thinking at a young age that being a surgeon was in my future, enjoyed eviscerating the birds and analyzing the organs. The neighbors would pay me .25 cents a bird to kill and eviscerate their birds. They had to pluck their own!

In 2012 we built a small processing trailer.
We then obtained our WSDA Processing license.  This enabled us to produce up to 19,999 birds without USDA inspection. Our birds could then be sold off the farm to stores, farmer’s markets, food establishments and individuals.

Blackjack Valley Farms - Port Orchard, WA USAOf course there is no way I can process that many birds by myself, but manage to finish about 1,000 birds a season. Plucking is no longer an issue since my parents bought me a plucking machine for my birthday a few years ago.

The chicks are purchased from a reputable hatchery. The meat birds are a Cornish cross.  Chicks are started inside and at about 2 weeks of age put out into chicken “tractors”. These tractors get moved each day to fresh grass. Fully contained, these tractors protect  the  birds from adverse weather and predators.

The birds are never fed antibiotics or medicated feeds. We avoid corn & soy in the feed ration. I also found the birds love milk from our dairy, especially if it is left out in the sun a few days to form soft curd.

 

Grade A RAW Cows Milk | Grass Fed Angus Beef | Pasture Raised Chickens | Rabbit Meat - Fryers & Roasters | Pastured Pork
Grade A RAW Cows Milk, Grass Fed Angus Beef, Pasture Raised Chickens, Rabbit Meat, Fryers & Roasters, Pastured Pork

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