We maintain a high-quality control by hatching out of our own breeder flocks kept on site, every step is checked and double checked to ensure accuracy and quality.
Hands On Approach
From the breeder chicken, hand gathering and traying the eggs, setting and checking the incubators, candling for fertility, pulling the chicks from the incubators, and packing orders to suit for weather and distance traveling.
Keeping a knowledgeable and helpful staff to assist you with every step of the process. We strive for a simple experience leaving you satisfied and confident about your poultry order.
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Matt and Ellie know the importance of a homegrown legacy not only for their family but for yours as well. Stop by Pitchfork farms in Northern Michigan for non-gmo, pasture raised chicken and eggs for your family.
A Homegrown Legacy
Ellie and Matt have had farming on their minds since childhood and today are third generation farmers at Pitchfork Farms. Together, they realized they could provide food for their family that was grown Word got out and in 2014, Ellie and Matt recognized the communities need for non-gmo, pasture raised chicken. Starting with a small batch the first year they sold out before the chickens even arrived and have been increasing their chicken space every year since.
Word got out and in 2014, Ellie and Matt recognized the communities need for non-gmo, pasture raised chicken. Starting with a small batch the first year they sold out before the chickens even arrived and have been increasing their chicken space every year since.
Pitchfork farms can be found at local grocers, farmers markets, and restaurants around Northern Michigan. Stop by the farm to pick your own raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. You can also buy pastured chicken and pork, seasonal grass fed beef, and eggs at the farm. Soon they hope to have a farm stand for easier customer access.
Now, Pitchfork Farms supports their own homegrown family who will have farming around them from childhood as well. They want their kids to know the seasons of growing and life cycle of animals. Understanding the hard work, sacrifice, and lifestyle are all to set an example of farming excellence to their family and community. Matt and Ellie know the importance of a homegrown legacy not only for their family but for yours as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What do I need to get started raising chicks?
Check the “Basic Guidelines for Proper Poultry Care” page for how to get started.
How are chicks shipped?
Chicks are shipped through the United States Postal Service. They will be shipped priority mail or express mail depending on your location (check shipping chart here). The USPS is the only outlet for shipping chicks as they are the only ones who will accept live birds. They are shipped to your local post office and the office will contact you to pick them up once they have been received. Please check our policy page for further information regarding the shipping process.
How many nests do I need?
1 nest box per 7 hens is sufficient. You can coax your chickens into laying in them by hanging them 18-20 inches from the floor and eliminate any dark corners in the coop.
When should I get my broilers butchered?
This will depend on what size you would like them to be. Cornish hen size would be around 3-4 weeks, a fryer would be around 5 weeks, a roaster would be around 8-10 weeks. We do not recommend raising broilers beyond 9 weeks.
How much feed will I need for my meat birds?
The conversion rate is about 3 lbs. of feed to 1 lb. gain on the bird. At the proper percentage protein feed, you will need about 25 lbs of feed to get one 8 lb. broiler. Typically at 8 weeks, you will get anywhere from a 5.5 to 8 lb. bird. Weight difference can depend on the sex as the roosters do get bigger, faster.
Can I put new chicks in with my older birds?
We do not recommend putting new chicks in with an existing, older flock as the older birds will tend to pick on the little ones. You can attempt to introduce them once they are similar in size, however, keep a close eye for pecking issues.
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