I thought this would be as good a time as any to offer the remaining meat birds we have for sale. The chickens we are raising are Redbros, a type well-known in France’s better restaurants that are grown there under the ‘Label Rouge’ method and brand. The birds take much longer to mature than the typical grocery store meat chicken and have a smaller but tastier finished weight. They get more exercise (and, as a result, are challenging to collect on slaughter day since they’re still really agile compared to their huge-breasted and brittle-legged industry alternatives). Our birds have been fed nothing but organic un-medicated feed, the bugs and grass they get in their pen and the odd garden treat (as pictured) that they’re not too scared to eat.
Slaughter will be in the last week of September or first week of October with a final date to be named once the new Salt Spring abattoir is officially up and running. The price is $5.50 per pound for whole chickens with the range of weight being 4.5 pounds to 5.5 pounds. Buy a box of chickens (around 35 lbs) and get an extra chicken ABSOLUTELY FREE! Yes, that’s right, ABSOLUTELY FREE!!
Please contact us to reserve your chicken.
And if any of my faithful Salt Spring readers have a freezer capable of holding at least 40 chickens that I could use for the month of October, I would be very appreciative. I would buy another freezer but I’m not so sure we’re going to be meat chicken farmers next year. I will return the freezer with, what else, one frozen gourmet chicken in it.
*well, you know, assuming no more catastroflocks.