Pastured Broilers

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We use 10 ft. X 12 ft. X 51/2 ft. high floorless, portable field shelters housing about 75 birds each to grow these 8-week meat birds. Moved daily to a fresh pasture paddock, these birds receive fresh air, exercise, sunshine, and a clean living area. They are able to freely forage for bugs and grasses, while also eating as much of their wholesome, un-medicated, grain-based, animal by-product free feed as they want. Integrating cows to mow ahead of the shelters shortens the grass and encourages ingestion of tender, fresh sprouts. At Fili-West Farms, we want every animal to eat as much salad (green material) as its full genetic potential will allow.

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Benefits to the land ????

pasture weeds This is the pasture before our Pastured Broilers fertilized the land. Note how sparsely the grass grows and how tall, ugly weeds are present, and even dominant. These are signs of poor, nutrient deficient soil. As you will see below, this pasture is being restored to health using Pastured Broilers as a natural source of fertilization and stimulation.

pasture naturally fertilized This is the pasture immediately after the Pastured Broilers vacated the area. The foliage is decimated with very little greenery still present. The pasture is now covered with a thin layer of nutrient rich chicken manure. Furthermore, the chickens have aerated and stimulated the soil through their natural scratching and foraging activities.

pasture after This is the pasture a few weeks after the Pastured Broilers fertilized the soil. Note how the grass has grown back thicker, greener, and more lush. This provides a greater quantity/quality of food for the cows, chickens, and any other animals who forage on the pasture. Furthermore, the increased green forages lead to healthier animals. This cycle continues as our pasture, chickens, and customers all grow healthier as a result.