Birds We Raise
Birds We Raise
While quail is what we are known for, we have branched out into other species of game birds and specialty poultry to offer a variety of freshly prepared meats, offal, stock bones, and more. All of our birds are raised on pasture. The cost of our meat and eggs directly reflects the quality of care, feed, and living conditions we upkeep daily. We are not subsidized by the government in any way like many of the large meat farms in our country.
In an effort to cut down on locally produced food waste and dependence upon grain, we source food scraps to be fed to our birds from Wednesday’s Table in Southold and also past prime produce (inedible for humans) from our neighbors Sang Lee Farms in Peconic.
Find below brief descriptions of our fine-feathered fowl!
** WE DO NOT SELL LIVE BIRDS, CHICKS, OR HATCHING EGGS**
Coturnix aka japanese quail
This species of quail originated in east Asia and also goes by the name "Old World Quail" and sometimes "Nile Quail." The earliest written record of their domestication is in 12th century Japan and they were originally kept for their unique song. More recently bred for meat and egg production, these quail can lay up to 300 eggs in a year. When processed for meat, they average between 6 - 8 ounces. The entire bird consists of richly flavored dark meat. They reach market weight in 8 - 10 weeks. AVAILABILITY: Meat - May through December, Eggs - All year round
While these birds are not a game bird, we raise these unusual chickens for their prized gray-black skin, meat, and bones. They are also known as "polydactyls" which means that they have five toes rather than four. Most often recognized in asian cuisines, silkie chickens have gained a following here in America as their meat and bones are essential ingredients in soups, stews, curries, and bone broth. When processed for meat, average weight is between 1.5 - 2 pounds. They take 12 - 14 weeks to reach market weight. AVAILABILITY: Meat - May through December
For egg production, we raise two unique breeds of duck: the Indian Runner and the Cayuga. Both breeds are cold hardy and adept at living a long, productive life in pasture. Indian Runners are a very old breed, thought to have originated in Asia, where their main purpose was to help control pests and glean fallen grains in rice paddies. They produce gorgeous cream colored eggs. Cayugas are the only known breed of duck to developed here in New York State. Their feathers, feet, and beaks are all black and they lay a beautiful smoky colored egg. AVAILABILITY: Eggs - All year round
French guinea fowl
Guinea Fowl have roots in West Africa. Breeding pairs were brought to Europe and the Americas by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. These birds won't be winning any awards with their personality or conversational skills, but they do a fine job hunting for bugs and mowing down pasture. Because these birds are heavy foragers, the flavor of their meat often changes with the seasons and develops more fat in the late summer & fall months. Their meat is lean and tender. When processed for meat, they average between 3 - 3.5 pounds. They reach market weight in 12 - 14 weeks. AVAILABILITY: Meat - May through December
The chukar partridge is the national bird of Pakistan as well as Iraq, but it has been widely introduced as a game bird all across the world. These rotund birds are incredible fliers and can be pugnacious during breeding season, which consists only of the summer months. Often called the "gateway" game bird because of its white breast meat reminiscent in flavor and texture to chicken, its a great treat for anyone new to eating game birds. When processed for meat, average weight is around 1 pound. They take a full 16 weeks to reach market weight. AVAILABILITY: Meat - October and November ONLY
Heritage Breed turkey
Heritage turkeys are defined (as per The Livestock Conservancy) by the historic, range-based production system in which they are raised. Turkeys must meet all of the following criteria to qualify as a Heritage turkey:
1. Naturally mating: the Heritage Turkey must be reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating, with expected fertility rates of 70-80%. This means that turkeys marketed as “heritage” must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock. Their industrial counterparts, the broad breasted bronze and the broad breasted white, cannot do this and therefore not considered "heritage" breeds.
2. Long productive outdoor lifespan: the Heritage Turkey must have a long productive lifespan. Breeding hens are commonly productive for 5-7 years and breeding toms for 3-5 years. The Heritage Turkey must also have a genetic ability to withstand the environmental rigors of outdoor production systems.
3. Slow growth rate: the Heritage Turkey must have a slow to moderate rate of growth. Today’s heritage turkeys reach a marketable weight in about 28 weeks, giving the birds time to develop a strong skeletal structure and healthy organs prior to building muscle mass.
Not all chickens are created equal. For meat and egg production, we have dedicated ourselves to raising heritage chickens. We find them to be more productive in a pasture based environment, less disease prone, and overall friendlier than their terminal hybrid counterparts. We currently raise the following North American breeds: Rhode island White, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire Red, Buckeye, Dominique, amongst other international breeds. AVAILABILITY: Meat - All year round, Eggs - All year round.