Our chickens spend their time outside under blue skies because that gives them the freedom to just be chickens. When chickens have room to roam, they’re healthier because they get to act and live in ways that come naturally to them.
Like chickens, that is. There are five main behaviors that chickens engage in to stay as healthy as they can be, and we make sure they’ve got everything they need to do that.
Chickens love their downtime, and free-living hens will roost on perches all night long. Perching chickens have stronger bones, and a more robust immune system.
There’s nothing as luxurious to a chicken as a dust bath. Flapping around in the dust helps chickens clean their feathers and rid themselves of parasites.
When you see a chicken scratching at the ground with her feet, you know you’re looking at a healthy bird. Chickens scratch the ground in a backwards motion to explore their surroundings. Scratching the ground also keeps their claws at a natural length.
Pasturing has been a natural part of chicken life for thousands of years, and we’re not going to stop them now. Pasturing provides fresh air, vitamin D, and builds the immune system.
In the wild, there’s strength in numbers for a chicken, so they are inherently social animals. Socializing gives them others of their kind to count on and to mimic.
Happy Hens, Healthy Eggs