Poultry for meat and eggs
In today’s large-scale meat production the focus has shifted from basic animal husbandry to producing the end product in the quickest and cheapest way. This has lead to some extreme practices. At Wynlen House we consider how you raise, feed and care for your animals is vitally important and that these aspects form part of the basic tenets of any practice of animal husbandry. Our animals are raised with loving care. This does not mean that they are treated as pets but it does mean that we treat them with respect. We care about what they eat, their health, their housing and their environment. They live happy lives and this is very important to us. An animal that lives a happy health life will provide quality food. So just as with organic gardening you need vigorous healthy soil so that you have vigorous healthy plants, we also believe you need vigorous, healthy, happy animals to raise healthy meat. To sustain healthy animals resistant to disease they need to be grazed on healthy soils and have healthy gut activity. For healthy gut activity there needs to be good gut biology. This can be enhanced by incorporating minerals into the soil, principally dolomite, seaweed meal and sulphur, and also as supplements in animal feed. Best of all they are fed a custom designed wet mash which meets their nutritional needs. Pat Colby, an organics expert, has very good information on animal husbandry. Her books are well worth a read.
We buy in day old meat chickens to raise for meat. They spend their first few weeks in a hover with heat and then they free range, being penned at night. We do not let them have free access to feed to encourage them to forage. However we feed them regularly at least four times a day.