Pictures Tell the Story

Spring has arrived in the Willamette ValleyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASONY DSCSpring in the duck pasture – what a difference a few months make…The ducks are enjoying the spring weather in the pasture with flowering fruit trees.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASnow Storm hits the Willamette Valley – February 2014
We ended up receiving over a foot of snow during the storm.  The chickens stayed in their houses during the storm, the ducks tried to swim in their frozen pool, and the bison didn’t seem to mind the weather at all.

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Baby bison are born in the late spring when the grass is starting to grow.P1010027(2)

The babies are almost orange in color when they are born and gradually turn dark brown as they get older.

Buffalo with calf

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PASTURED POULTRY

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Day old chicks arrive each week during summer growing season.

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Chicks stay in the brooders until they have more feathers.  Then they are moved into the pasture tractors.

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The chicken tractors are moved daily so the birds are always on fresh grass.  The birds get fresh air and sunlight through the open sides of the cages.  When ready, the birds are processed by Scio Poultry Processing located on the ranch.

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FREE-RANGE EGGS

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Colored eggs are a trade-mark of the ranch. These eggs come from “happy” chickens that are free-range – which means they are never caged but allowed to eat bugs, dig in the dirt and do what chickens were meant to do – produce wonderful, healthy eggs.

The chickens live in the orchard and help fertilize the trees and keep the harmful bug population in check. As a reward, they get to eat all the fruit that is left under the trees.  It is definitely a winning combination for everyone!

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