Al-Be Farm is in their fifth season raising heritage breed chickens and quail.
Al-Be Farm took home the purple ribbon for their quail eggs at the Nemeha county fair! If you only ever eat chicken eggs, these champion eggs are something to try!
Al-Be Farm Offers:
- Chicken Eggs & Meat
- Quail Eggs & Meat
- Young hens to start your own flock!
Beth Kernes-Krause and Ralph Krause from Al-Be Farm began her foray into animal farming with Rhode Island Reds, a dual-purpose heritage breed that is more commonly known for its brown eggs. Beth however raised these birds for meat on non-GMO and transitional organic grain from Wattermann Family Farm. Al-Be Farm chickens and quail are kept on pasture and moved daily. Al-Be has expanded breeds and is now trying a wider variety of heritage breeds to determine which one perform the best and have the best flavor. The chickens are kept in "chicken tractors" to keep them safe from predators. Learn more about chicken tractors here.
"We chose these heritage breed birds to raise due to their flavor and to support diversity in agriculture."
Heritage chickens take longer to reach "market weight" than modern broilers and, therefore, are not as tender as the chicken we are accustomed to cooking today. This means we have to relearn some of the techniques our parents and grandparents knew.
Here is a link to information for cooking with heritage meat birds: http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/cookingwheritagechicken.pdf
If you want to learn more about heritage breeds, go to www.livestockconservancy.org
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