In the shorter term, we are raising them from day-olds, putting them in a brooder pen, a grower pen (where they have access to grass) and then a moveable ranging pen.
From just a few weeks they are protected within electro-netting (and also by our Maremma Dog) and are moved around our paddocks following the cattle and sheep.
At the moment we have Light Sussex crosses, Australorps, Light Sussex and Buff Sussex breeds, which are both good egg layers and good meat birds.
When ordering meat, the following is a guide:
- At 7 weeks, chickens dress out to approximately 1.3-1.6 (size 13 to 16)
- At 7 weeks, ducks dress out to approximately 1.5-2.0kg
- A 13 weeks chickens dress out to approximately 1.6-2.0 (size 16 to 20)
- At 13 weeks, ducks dress out to approcimately 2.0-2.6kg
We have poultry meat available by advance purchase and we use most of the eggs ourselves!
How long will poultry keep in the freezer?
A general rule of thumb is 6-8 months for freezer paper wrapped meat and 10-12 months for vacuum packed.
Were these poultry “Free Range”?
Yes, our chickens and ducks are on pasture after they are old enough to be outside. We give them fresh pasture regularly. When supplemented, all poultry feed is certified organic. Our poultrye are never fed in a controlled, caged or feed-lot situation. They are free to roam within each paddock with fresh water and shade available at all times.
What makes us different is taste and quality?
Pastured, grass fed, free range, natural, sustainable… these are the way poultry are naturally treated. Do not be fooled by the ‘corn fed’ or even ‘organic’ labels as this may still mean putting them in a feedlot situation and they are no longer in a natural environment scratching, foraging and eating the bugs, beetles and vegetation of their choice.
What does this poultry cost?
The cost is determined by the weight of the animal after primary processing. Caroola Farm will deliver the live poultry to the abattoir where it is processed and the carcass weight is determined after it is ‘dressed’. The weight of your chicken or duck will be determined by the processor. The amount owed to Caroola Farm is the hanging weight times the price per kg. We process at Bega Gourmet Meats Abattoir.
How do I Pay?
You will need to pay a deposit of $10 when ordering poultry. The balance is payable prior to or on collection (depending on your chosen delivery method). Caroola Farm will invoice you for balance as the weight is known.
We hope to process both chickens and ducks regularly according to demand with pre-determined delivery dates so that you know when you can expect your order.