|Young chicks are sheltered in a brooder box at McK Ranch.|
Throughout the Willamette Valley, pasture-based farms are gearing up for chicken season.
Chickens that are raised for meat don't perform very well in wet, rainy conditions. When birds use energy to stay warm, they don't gain weight; and the fluctuation in temperature is harmful to their respiratory system. With that in mind, most growers only raise chickens on pasture in the warmer months of spring and summer.
Large chicken farms, like Foster Farms or Draper Valley, build temperature-controlled barns for year 'round production.
Pasture-raised chickens are almost always healthier than those grown indoors. Because they are not stressed or diseased, they also produce more flavorful and tender meat. Pasture-raised chickens require no hormones or antibiotics to stay healthy and grow.
Most small scale producers sell whole chickens. Expect to pay around $3.50 per pound.
|Chicks stay warm under red heat lamps before moving to pasture.|
Grass-Fed and Free-Range Chicken in Oregon
Fresh Start Farms
63530 Johnson Ranch Road, Bend OR 97701
Pine Mountain Ranch
23585 E Hwy 20, Bend OR 97701
Ken and Connie Pond
302 SW 23rd Street, Hermiston OR 97838
Petal to the Metal Farm
Afton Field Farm
3385 SW 53rd St. Corvallis, OR
Deck Family Farm
25362 High Pass Road, Junction City OR 97448
Deo Volente Farm
15582 S Howards Mill Road, Mulino OR 97042
Full of Life Farm
7358 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul OR 97137
Harmony JACK Farms
41154 Ridge Dr. Scio, OR
3415 Ballard Rd. Dallas, OR
Norton Creek Farm
36475 Norton Creek Road, Blodgett OR 97326
Rain Shadow El Rancho & Scio Poultry Processing
40556 Providence Dr. Scio, Oregon 97374
Sweet Home Farms
40524 Highway 228, Sweet Home OR 97386