At Perfect Circle Farm, our hens ( and five roosters) are free to roam outside all day, every day, until they head into their coops at dusk. Here, they get to express their chicken nature. They dust bathe, chase each other, nap in the sun (or the shade) escape the fence sometimes and wander, eat bugs and weeds, and scratch in the soil. We find it sad that most chickens are captives in a dark world, packed into wire cages; prison blocks producing eggs-capitalizing on the fact that the more stress a hen experiences, the more eggs she produces. There is one captive hen for each person in the US.
Our birds are not fed grain like the vast majority of chickens. Instead, they forage in their yard and are fed food scraps. Delivered twice a week, the food scraps contain a large variety of pre-and post-consumer foods, including breads and cereals, previously destined for the landfill. The food scraps are collected locally from grocery stores and restaurants.
Once they are delivered to our farm, we mix the food scraps with wood chips. The wood chips help control both odor and pests and, this also begins the fermentation and composting that comes after the chickens finish eating from the pile. All chickens love food scraps and are very happy and healthy eating them.
After the chickens are done searching for what they want to eat from this lovely chicken buffet, the scraps and chips are removed and composted. The finished compost is applied to our nursery and garden beds. We like to think of this as the "close the loop chicken coop", regenerating soils and returning back the fertility we need to produce our crops from what was recently viewed as "waste". In Nature waste equals food.
Proprietors: Sandra and Buzz Ferver