2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Where To Buy Exotic Chickens
Paul Bradshaw’s Greenfire Farm opened in 2007. Bradshaw had noticed the growing demand for exotic poultry and thought he’d try selling a pair of Sussex Coronations, imported from Australia. The experiment was a profitable success so he switched his farm from cattle and pork to exotic poultry.
Greenfire farm provides many breeds of egg layers, meat birds, game fowl and exotic show birds. One of their most unusual breeds is the Ayam Cemani chicken from Indonesia. The Cemani is all black, inside and out, from its comb and feathers to its bones. This large bird has traditionally been raised for medicinal and spiritual purposes, but those who’ve tried its dark colored meat say it could be the next gourmet poultry.
Another extraordinary bird at Greenfire is the Altsteirer, which has its history and roots in Austria. This large-bodied breed is a great egg-layer and can provide a good meal for any table.
Greenfire Farm became well known in the chicken community rather quickly because the business only breeds the highest quality, fundamentally breed-true birds. Bradshaw and his knowledgeable crew track pedigrees and are innovative in their poultry farm technologies.
The adult breeding flocks raised at Greenfire Farm are given plenty of space to roam, lots of fresh air, and a healthy diet. All of the chickens are vaccinated for Marek’s disease and checked for good health periodically by the USDA. The chickens are bred to be robust and hearty, no matter their purpose, with careful attention to breed-specific characteristics.
Customers can buy larger quantities for commercial production or in quantities as small as 6 chicks. Most breeds are available year-around. Orders are shipped by the U.S. postal service priority express, with up to 20 birds in a box. They often arrive at their destination within a day, depending on the zip code. The Greenfire Farm website has regular updates of breed availability and stock information.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Greenfire Farms Hatchery, P.O. Box 676, Midway, Fla. 32343 (ph 866 954-2968; www.greenfirefarms.com).
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