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Ethically-Raised Chicken


Enjoy delicious chicken free from GMO feeds, antibiotics, and drugs and raised on pasture as the seasons allow.

Raised Seasonally on Summer Pastures 

Our commitment to regenerating the land and the ethical care of our animals means we adapt to the seasons that Mother Nature gives us. 

That's why our chickens live outside in mobile coops that rotate daily to fresh, lush pastures during the warm seasons. 

When the cold northern winter sets in, all birds are raised inside warm barns, protecting them from the harsh elements while maintaining access to pasture as weather permits.

Our chicken is always free of GMO feeds, antibiotics, drugs, and hormones.

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Rotated Daily in Summer Shelters

From early May through late October, our birds rotate to fresh pasture daily, providing a diverse diet of grass, legumes, wildflowers, and all the worms and bugs they can find. 

Our birds' daily rotation across the pasture naturally fertilizes the land, allowing pastures time to rest and establish new growth. 

Throughout time, this process of foraging, fertilizing and resting the land allows the plant's roots to feed the soil biology, thus building and regenerating the soil year after year. 

Adapting for Winter Weather

When it becomes too cold for birds to live outside, our chickens primarily live in warm, indoor barns with continued outdoor access when the weather allows. 

Like our summer chickens, our winter birds also adhere to strict non-GMO feed protocols and never receive antibiotics, drugs, or hormones.

The indoor space is kept warm, and the birds are given 10-20% more space beyond what organic standards require. The winter barns also have windows that let in plenty of natural light, allowing our birds to wake up with the natural sunrise.

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Meet Our Winter Poultry Partners

To keep our customers supplied with ethically raised chicken during the cold season, we partner with Corwin Heatwole and the farmers at Shenandoah Valley Organics.

Corwin Heatwole is a fellow farmer who practices regenerative agriculture on his farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and he's also the founder of Shenandoah Valley Organics.

We appreciate partnering with Corwin and his producers for their commitment to ethically raising birds in protective houses with pasture access—an approach we share in caring for our laying hens during winter.

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Testimonials

After viewing the videos about pasture raised chickens I ordered chicken breasts and OMG in my almost 80 years experience I have never tasted a fresher tasting, tender chicken breast off the grill.
Robert Ferreira
I love the flavor of your chicken. It has the best flavor I have tasted in years.
Jennifer Jones
I LOVE Seven Sons Farm! I'm not a big chicken fan but Seven Sons has changed my mind. I just cooked the chicken tenders and was stunned at the quality of meat and how they were trimmed. Excellent!
Zella Scheer
Delivery was fast. Packing was excellent. So far the whole chicken was the most delicious chicken I have ever eaten. I will continue to order.
Donna Segal
First order and we've had the filet and chicken breast. Both were WONDERFUL - tender and full of flavor.
Ellie Miller
The chicken was very moist and tasted awesome! I will definitely be ordering from Seven Sons Farms again.
Jeanne Jacobs

Chicken FAQs

How can I purchase summer-raised chicken only?

We love our customers who desire to consume food seasonally. If you are willing and able to stock your freezers with a seasonal supply of summer-raised chicken to last your household all year -  you can do so in the following ways:

  1. Fill your freezer in late winter
    Until April 1st (or while supply lasts) you can stock up and fill your freezer with our summer-raised chicken.
  2. Stock up each summer:
    Moving forward, you can stock up on summer chicken during our planned 2024 Summer Chicken Harvest sale. This event will celebrate the debut of our pasture-raised chicken each season and will ensure you are getting the freshest chicken of the year. Please stay tuned to our Sunday farm newsletter to join the wait list for that event.
  3. Purchase Whole Birds
    You may purchase Whole Pasture-Raised Chickens in our online store enough summer-raised whole birds to last all winter. We can do this because very few consumers purchase whole birds these days, so this doesn’t impose a significant freezer space or inventory expense for us.

What breed of chickens do you raise?

We raise Cornish Cross broilers in both summer and winter. 

What do your chickens eat during the winter?

Our chickens always maintain access to a non-GMO blend of corn and soybean feed regardless of summer or winter. Due to winter weather, the birds will naturally consume less forage compared to summer months.

Is your chicken water-chilled or air-chilled?

Our birds are primarily water-chilled, and chlorine is NOT used in this process. This method brings the birds to a safe temperature faster than air-chilled methods. Air-chilling is also very expensive, requiring significant investments and energy costs for refrigeration space.

Are your chickens harvested humanely?

Ensuring our birds' ethical and compassionate handling and harvesting is of utmost importance to us. The process begins at the farm, where each bird is hand-gathered into baskets instead of a mechanical collection. On cold days, the birds are covered to keep warm during transport. On warm days, the birds are kept cool with fans and mist when they arrive at the harvest facility. 

Once the birds arrive at the harvest facility, each bird is hand-unloaded from each basket as opposed to the industry practice of dumping. Low lighting is utilized where possible in the harvest areas to keep the birds calm. Each bird is instantaneously rendered unconscious via an electrical stun before the process of harvest. 

At Seven Sons, we trust our partners for humane harvesting, but we also personally visit and verify their processes, going the extra mile to ensure our standards are met. 

How much indoor space is allotted per bird?

We maintain no more than 5 to 6 pounds of chicken per square foot of shelter or housing space during the summer and winter. However, when the birds are young, they have roughly double to triple this space. 

How much outdoor space is allotted per bird?

At a minimum, during summer or winter, each bird has the same amount of space outside as they do inside their shelter or housing. During the summer, this space can be double to triple.