Dewberry Hills Farm chicken are raised on grass where they receive grain and fresh water but also peck and scratch in the grass in pursuit of bugs and seeds. This is the diet intended for poultry in an environment where they thrive.
Our pasture environment provides chickens with rest in the shade and a place to eat and drink. They are free to roam and are not crowded. Poultry raised on pasture is better for the chickens, better for the land and better for our customers.
Compare chickens raised in open pasture to Confined Feeding Operation conditions which is the poultry industry norm: industrially produced animals have undergone genetic selection to produce bigger birds with bigger breasts in a shorter time than any other farm animal.
But before you praise the ingenuity of modern science and its production of cheap meat, look at the cost to the animals. This unnatural growth results in major welfare issues including: leg problems, heart and lung disorders, unnatural continuous light, mutilations and stress from overcrowding.
A pasture provides more insects for the birds to eat and a cleaner environment in which to sleep. It is healthier for the birds and moving around clean pasture allows them to be raised without the use of antibiotics.
Substantial evidence shows that high-density industrial poultry production is causing issues of water quality, manure runoff, pathogens released into the environment, air quality, chemical pollutants and toxins.
Poultry raised on pasture actually improves the soil nutrients and naturally fertilizes without chemical contamination. Dewberry Hills Farm raises poultry without antibiotics or hormones.
Our birds are free of arsenic, which is fed to industrial poultry in trace amounts in their feed. This poison stimulates their appetites but leaves trace amounts in the meat. Pasture poultry has more omega-3 fatty acids than industrial meat. At the same time it is higher in vitamin E, C and beta-carotene. The meat is processed without heavily chlorinated water that leaves a residue.
Healthier chickens are also healthier for you. Pasture poultry does not contribute to antibiotic resistance. CAFO birds are raised on a steady diet of sub-therapeutic antibiotics, which has led to an increase in “super-bugs”. Eighty percent (80%) of all antibiotics sold in the USA go into food animal production, which we believe is unnecessary.
Our chickens field-grazed on pesticide-free and herbicide-free pasture, and our chickens are never fed genetically modified organisms.
Our chicken is really, really good… If you have been eating industrial chicken, you absolutely must try the flavor of these birds! You can find our delicious chicken here.