Watson Farms is pleased to offer premium pasture-raised chicken as part of our pastured-meat lineup. We sell these as whole chickens as well as all the different chicken cuts. Some are processed on the farm and some are taken to a processing facility. They are fully cleaned and ready to cook. The average weight is usually around 5 pounds.
These meat chickens are started in a brooder house for the first few weeks after hatching. Once they develop adult feathers they are moved into a 10’x12′ pasture shelter where they receive fresh air, sunshine and a new “salad bar” every day. The once-per-day move helps the birds to ingest as much grass as possible and gets them away from yesterday’s manure. They never receive hormones or antibiotics.
They are supplemented with a natural free-choice grain ration as well. This feed is made from local grain, but is not guaranteed to be non-GMO. We are continually searching for a source of non-GMO feed, but for now we feel our best option is to source the feed locally thereby avoiding high shipping costs which allows us to keep our prices lower. These lower prices allow more customers access to premium, non-antibiotic, environmentally-friendly chicken.
We process the chickens under a South Carolina poultry processing exemption for small farmers.
The system is modeled closely after the Polyface model for pastured broilers.