Our 100 laying hens have free access between a large outdoor run and an uncrowded indoor area in a barn. This allows the chickens to have a much better and healthier life than they would in the typical cramped chicken barn, where many thousands of birds are crammed together in industrial confined operations. Our chickens primarily eat a grain mix specially formulated for laying hens, and have their diet regularly supplemented by food from the fields - unsaleable produce, insects, etc.
By 2021 we hope to move our chickens into a mobile coop that can be rotated through our pastures. This will allow the chickens to forage and scratch out in the fields to their hearts' content while at the same time fertilizing the fields.