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Our online store is now up and running!

by Brad Murphy

Site Admin
June 2nd, 2015

Our online store is now up and running!

Now you can order our coffee and candles and have them shipped straight to your door!

We also have an option to pre-order chickens with a $5 deposit. When you order a chicken you can designate where you would like to pick it up. Whether you pick up at the farm or at the farmer's market in Colville, you can be rest assured your order will be there when you arrive.

See you on the 21st or 23rd

by Brad Murphy

Site Admin
May 16th, 2015

Good howdy!

I hope you all have a great weekend. We will not be at market Saturday the 16th or Wednesday the 20th. We are preparing for 3 days of processing from the 18th-20th of May.

If you would like the special on farm discounted price of $4.00 per pound please stop by the farm on Thursday the 21st of May between 9-5.

587 Douglas Falls Rd, Colville WA 

509-684-3112

We will be back at the N.E.W Farmers Market in Colville on Saturday the 23rd. We will have whole chicken, frozen for $4.25 per pound.

Below is a list of what we will have at the market on Saturday May 23rd

Whole pasture raised chicken: 4-5 pounds average weight, $4.25 per pound.

Package of feet: 2 pound average,  $2.00 per pound.

Package of hearts: 10 per package,  $5 each.

Package of liver: 10 per package,  $5 each.

Eggs from happily pastured hens: $4.25 per dozen

Soy wax candles: $10 each.

Soy wax Tart melts: $4 each.

Thank you for taking the time to support our farm.  Remember when you buy our products, you are supporting a local farm who buys local and keeps your hard earned money in our county.

Keep it local, live local, buy local, support local. We rely on you to keep bringing this high quality product to your table. Thank you

-Brad Murphy
Chicken Wrangler

COME TO THE FARM THURSDAY MAY 21 BETWEEN 9-5 FOR CHICKEN PICKUP

by Brad Murphy

Site Admin
May 4th, 2015

We move our birds to new grass daily and raise them in what is referred to as Day Ranging. Our birds have full access and ability to roam and search through the grass for bugs and seeds. If desired they have range shelters to seek refuge in at night or during inclement weather. On sunny days you can usually find them basking in the sunlight or hunting in the grass, searching for a tasty treat.

By raising our birds this way, we feel it provides you with not only a superior chicken in flavor and quality of the meat, but you can have the peace of mind that you are buying a chicken that has been raised locally with dignity and respect.

We butcher all our birds directly on the pasture. We are WSDA inspected and licensed (license #12806). By doing this there is very little stress put on the bird. It also allows us to guaranty the quality of the processing.

Farm Pick up $4 per pound. Come out to the farm or give us a call at (509)-684-3112 to place an order

N.E.W Farmers Market (downtown Colville) Pickup $4.25 per pound

Local Pick up only.

Pasture Raised and supplemented with a local non gmo, corn and soy free ration.  

Our birds are raised on pasture from about week 4 till we process them between weeks 12-14. 

No antibiotics or Drugs

Winter Hoop Coop

by Brad Murphy

Site Admin
February 3rd, 2015

This is our first winter with a flock of chickens over 10 birds. Due to the size of the flock we needed to be sure we had plenty of space for the birds. I don’t know about your birds but ours have never liked the snow under their feet. Not wanting the birds to be stuck in their mobile coop during the winter we set out to build an inexpensive yet sizable structure for the ladies to run around in, eat and not be right on top of each other. We discussed buying a premade hoop house that would be able to serve as a greenhouse as well, however, these started around $3000 on the low end and just went up from there. Before we started our farm I was able to do a short internship at Across the Creek Farm in Arkansas. Here, Spence (the owner) uses hoop coops to maneuver his broilers around the pasture in the summer. I liked this idea due to its easy build and size (I can stand straight up in it). The problem with ATC’s summer coops is they are built with pvc pipe, which makes the structure light and easy to move in the summer, but would not stand up to our snow in the winter. We needed a structure that was rigged yet cheap. I had seen a while back someone had used 16’ long galvanized cattle panels to make a hoop coop. This concept seemed to hit all the basses that we wanted to cover. The panels are fairly cheap for the structure that you get. We already had a bunch of reclaimed 2x4s that were taken from an old building’s rafters. The last thing we needed to figure out was what type of covering we wanted to put over it. It was really a toss-up between a repurposed billboard sign tarp or 4 year 6mil greenhouse plastic. In the end we decided the greenhouse plastic had potential to serve two functions. 1. Was to cover the birds in the winter but still let valuable sunlight in to heat the birds, and 2. Once spring comes we can use the structure as a greenhouse to start plants in or grow some longer season crops in. As soon as the snow is gone we will have the ladies back out on pasture and the hoop coop will be converted to the greenhouse.

With some help the build is fast and simple. We were blessed by some men from our church who came out and helped us assemble the Skelton of the structure. We started by laying out the panels side by side. Due to the springy action of the panels we decided to build it in two 25’ sections then join them together. We laid out the 16’x25’ section and attached the 2x4 base board to the inside ends of the panels. Once the base boards were attached, we hammered rebar steaks into the ground running next to one set of base boards. We then pushed from the opposite side and bent the panels into an upside down U. Two of the guys then quickly screwed the base board ends together with cross beams every 8 feet while the rest of us held the panels in place keeping them from springing back out and collapsing the structure. We did this for both 25’ sections then joined them together.

The Hoop was a bit wobbly, so we added vertical brace boards from the roof to the cross beam

. Again we did this every 8 feet to ensure the structure was sound. Once complete, the Hoop was solid, and even held me hanging from the middle.

We ordered a custom cut sheet of greenhouse plastic at 18’ wide by 55’ long. This was to ensure that we would have sufficient extra to attach the plastic. It two was easy to attach with a bit of ingenuity we had it up and attached in about 2 hours’ time.

 

            The structure has now stood most of the winter without even a single issue. The ladies love it and even though we never added doors to the ends it still stays about 20-40 degrees warmer inside when the sun is out. If there is no sun, it is still warmer due to the body heat of the birds and the plastic keeps any wind out. We were sure to set up the structure to run east and west because our storms always blow in from the north or south. We are very happy with the structure. Total cost was around $500. Not bad for 400 square feet of usable space!

-Brad Murphy

2015 Underway!

by Bekah Murphy

Site Admin
February 1st, 2015

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The first batch of chicks are arriving this week!!  Let the fun begin again!  After spending the winter with our single flock of one year old layers, we are now getting ready to welcome our first group of broilers for the season.   Basically, we keep the layers around for a couple of years to continue to lay eggs for us.  Any broilers we had raised last year are now long gone, butchered, put in the freezer, and enjoyed by many as a wonderful meal.  So, now the time comes to begin the process over.  We are starting out with the Red Ranger birds, which are very delicious!  But before they reach the table, they are excellent at foraging through the pasture and are quite hearty through colder months.  This is the reason we are able to start raising them now.  They will begin the first few weeks of their life, in a safe and warm mobile brooder, until they are ready to roam the pasture!  (this is always an exciting day!)  We will post updates and pictures!