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May
May

12
Sunday
Sun

Pastured Chicken Intensive

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wild East Farm

Pastured Poultry Intensive - May 12, 1pm - 5pm

Wild East Farm operates two pastured poultry meat enterprises: chickens and turkeys. In this workshop, we will focus on raising healthy, delicious pastured chicken while benefiting your landscape.

In 2024 we are raising ~3000 broiler chickens rotated through extensive silvopasture plantings, fed 100% organic feed. Our chickens are integrated in a rotation with our sheep flock, both working together to contribute a measurable positive impact on the health of our pastures. We sell our meats both wholesale and direct to customers. 

Pastured poultry is a great way to explore small-scale farming for profit or to raise your own high-quality meat for friends and family. This workshop is geared towards people with a serious interest in raising pastured poultry on a small scale.

This workshop is co-taught by Lyric and Noah.

Schedule:

1-3pm: Comprehensive tour of Wild East Farm pastured chicken operation

Topics covered:

  • Brooder set up and young chick care
  • Mobile field infrastructure options
  • Field water options
  • Feed considerations
  • Identifying and caring for animal wellbeing
  • Ecological benefits of pastured poultry
  • and more!

3-4:30pm: Hands-on chicken processing experience- learn all parts of the process from live bird to ready-to-cook chicken including killing, scalding, plucking, and eviscerating. Participants can choose to try any/all parts of the process in our fully-outfitted outdoor facility.

4:30-5pm: Closing thoughts/discussion

Accessibility:

This workshop is primarily outdoors and involves walking on uneven ground as well as long periods of standing and sitting. It is not recommended as accessible for wheelchairs. Please be aware the hands-on portion of the workshop will involve both live animals, dead animals, blood, and guts. The workshop will be in English. Please reach out if you have specific needs prior to purchasing a ticket so we can discuss our ability to meet those needs.

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