Deer Run Farm

Chickens

Just like our cows, our chickens are well taken care of to insure their happiness! A happy chicken will always lay more eggs! We have 4 types of chickens: Ameraucana, Delaware, Marans and Welsummer.

Ameraucana Rooster at Deer Run FarmDelaware Rooster at Deer Run FarmMarans Rooster at Deer Run FarmWelsummer Rooster at Deer Run Farm

All of our chickens are free range. Allowing our chickens to roam freely makes them happier and healthier! We use mobile coops that are moved around the pasture on a regular basis. We do supplement our chickens' diet with locally purchased grains and mineral to ensure proper health and nutrition.

NPIP Logo

Deer Run Farm participates in the NPIP monitoring program for Avian Influenza, Salmonella Pullorum Typhoid, Mycoplasma Gallisepticum and Mycoplasma Synoviae. We're happy to provide our customers with the healthiest and cleanest chickens and eggs!

NPIP M. Gollisepticum and M. Synoviae Clean logos NPIP Avian Influenza Clean Logo NPIP Pullorum-Typhoid Clean Logo

 

There is a lot of confusion regarding the terms used to describe how poultry are raised. Below are some clarifications.

Pastured - means they are raised outdoors on grass. Some people use temporary fencing to protect the poultry and move the pens on a daily basis. Deer Run Farm allows its chickens to roam freely, out in the open, and relies on guard dogs for protection.

Organic - means they are fed grains and other foodstuff that have been grown without chemicals and that have not been genetically modified. It also means no antibiotics or hormone supplements are fed to the animals. Chickens can still be raised inhumanely in tiny cages in factory farms and fed organic grains. The eggs and meat will not have all the nutrition benefits associated with pastured products.

Free Range - means the animal is not individually caged and has access to outdoors. Access can be an open window or a door to a small run that may be open for a few minutes a day. Chickens can still be raised inhumanely with thousands of animals crammed in a metal shed, shoulder to shoulder, walking in their own feces. The eggs and meat will not have any of the nutritional benefits associated with pastured products.

Bottom line, grass is where it's at! Let a chicken be a chicken and do chicken like things outdoors! They are happier, you get better tasting, more nutritious food! Come by sometime and see for yourself. Visitors are welcome at Deer Run Farm.

 

Deer Run Farm's Chicken Hatchery Logo

Eggs and chicks from Deer Run Farm will be marked with the Heritage Chicken Hatchery logo seen above. 

If you are in need of poultry health advise or poultry veterinary services, we highly recommend McKillop Poultry Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. McKillop has been invaluable in helping us take our poultry management and hatchery operation to the next level. She is knowledgeable, friendly and her fees are reasonable. Visit her website here.

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