The Most Humane Way To Eat Organic, Free-Range Chicken
A letter from Marjory Wildcraft
Founder, The Grow Network
If you choose to eat chicken like me . . .
And if it’s important to you that the chicken you’re eating lived well and died in the most humane way possible . . .
. . . Then there’s little doubt:
Raising your own meat chickens is the way to go.
✔ You control where your chickens live.
✔ You control what they eat.
✔ You make sure they’re antibiotic-free!
✔ You make sure they’re hormone-free!
✔ You make sure they’ve got unlimited access to sunshine, fresh greens, and bugs.
You make sure, in exchange for providing you with life-sustaining nutrition, your chickens live a happy life.
Many folks I know . . . maybe even you . . . already have a small backyard flock of egg-laying hens for this very reason.
Once you’re familiar with the inhumane conditions of chicken factory farms, it’s difficult to casually buy a dozen eggs from your local chain grocer, ever again.
Yet many of these same folks get squeamish at the thought of culling their laying hens . . . or processing a chicken for meat.
That’s why I decided to “lift the veil” from the entire process of raising your own meat chickens.
By raising my own flock of meat chickens, from egg to table.
And filming the entire eventful process. (Mistakes and all.)
Giving you the chance to shadow me around my rural property in Red Rock, Texas for 9 weeks . . . see how it’s done . . .
. . . And hopefully, demystify the entire process for you.
So you might feel empowered to try it yourself.
Even if you swear you could NEVER slaughter a chicken yourself. (Psst . . . hint, hint . . . you might not need to.)
But more on that in a minute.
Because first, I want to let you know . . .
It’s Okay To Feel Uncertain If You’ve Never Done This Before! (It's Normal, In Fact.)
Most people feel uncertain the first time they raise meat chickens.
Because most of us are now at least one generation removed from ancestors who raised their own livestock for meat.
If you didn’t grow up learning the ropes of raising chickens for meat and eggs from a parent or grandparent who normalized it for you by giving you chores that built your skills and confidence over time . . .
And if all you’ve known is the sanitized, pristinely packaged chicken sold by the local chain grocer . . .)
. . . It’s normal to feel apprehensive.
That’s one of the reasons I filmed “Raising Meat Chickens.”
I wanted you to see, first hand, that 98% of the entire experience of raising your own birds for meat is about the LIFE of the chicken.
See First Hand . . . How 98% Of The Experience Is About Giving Your Chickens A Great Life.
(While Saying NO to Factory Farms.)
Over the years, I’ve heard the same confession, again and again:
Thanks to documentaries like Food Inc. Cock Fight, Cowspiracy, Dirty Birds, and many others, more people than ever before are aware that chickens raised on factory farms frequently suffer terribly . . .
. . . Both in life and in death.
People tell me they don’t WANT to eat factory-farmed chicken. They WANT to raise their own chickens . . . give them a great life . . . and know that they died humanely.
But they’re overcome with worry . . . fussing about the last step . . . the actual processing of the birds . . .
So absurdly, they continue to support factory farms.
Stop Fearing The Unknowns
Very little of the experience of raising meat chickens has ANYTHING to do with the actual processing of the birds.
98% of it is about giving your chickens a great life.
And that’s what I will demonstrate for you in “Raising Meat Chickens.”
For 9 weeks, you’ll follow me around my property.
From brooding pen to pasture, you’ll see how easy and rewarding it all really is.
I’ll show you everything I do!
Demystifying the entire process, by giving you a private tour of my simple daily routines.
(You’ll notice, I take a minimalist approach.)
So that you’ll see for yourself:
Raising chickens for meat doesn’t need to be complicated or hard. In fact . . .
. . . Almost everything can go WRONG, and you can still give these birds an excellent quality of life, while delivering a freezer-full of chicken to your family at the end.
Watch Me Problem Solve Through
“Worst Case Scenarios”
(Proof: If I Can Do This, You Can Too!)
I’ve been raising chickens for meat for almost two decades now.
And I swear, I’ve NEVER had as many things go wrong bringing up chicks as I did throughout the filming of this educational documentary. It was a summer to remember.
We faced extreme Texas heat . . . weird storms . . . and a predator issue that was like nothing I’ve experienced, ever before.
But I kept filming through it all.
Because I wanted you to see first-hand . . . even when EVERYTHING goes wrong:
You can still give these chickens a life far superior to factory farm life, process them humanely . . .
. . . And end up with a freezer full of organic, free-range chickens that are nutrient-dense, and free of antibiotics and growth hormones.
And once I’ve walked you through the entire process, you’ll see:
Anyone with a lick of common sense can do this.
✔ Get your chicks from a local hatchery (I’ll tell you who to contact when you’re getting started).
✔ Prepare a stress-free environment for the chicks.
✔ Set up a brooding pen, complete with freshwater, feed, bedding, and a reliable heat source.
✔ Create a secure space for your chicks to “free-range”, with unlimited access to sunlight and fresh greens.
✔ How to keep your chickens safe from predators at night.
The Health Benefits of Eating Chickens Raised On Fresh Greens, Bugs & Sunshine
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating pasture-raised chicken, then you know:
Factory farm chicken simply doesn’t compare.
Not in flavor, texture, or nutrition.
And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why.
Common sense tells you:
Chickens raised on fresh greens, bugs, and sunshine are going to be healthier, more nutrient-dense, and more flavorful.
Plus -- free of harmful toxins like growth hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides.
How could factory farm chickens be healthy?
There’s simply no comparison.
Choosing to raise your own meat chickens is not only a more humane choice.
It’s a healthier choice. For you -- and the birds.
Still Don’t Think You Could Kill A Chicken?
You’re Not Alone. Here’s What I Recommend:
Not everyone has the emotional strength required to take the life of an animal for food without it taking a psychic toll.
And that’s okay.
So here’s what I recommend:
Gather a community of friends and family. Agree to raise a flock of meat chickens together. (Consider watching this film together, to prepare.)
And then process your flock as a community, giving everyone tasks they are comfortable with.
You’ll see me do exactly this in “Raising Meat Chickens.”
On the final day, my family and a few close friends gather on my property and everyone is assigned tasks:
- Coning / Culling
- Plucking / Defeathering
- Eviscerating / Cutting Up
- Preparing for the freezer
- Sanitation & clean up
Gather Your Tribe. Support One Another.
Do It Together.
I promise you:
Within your network, you will find people who, with the support of a community, could handle the job of slaughtering the birds without it disturbing their emotional balance.
(The hunters in your life.)
As you’ll see in “Raising Meat Chickens,” this deed can be done calmly, efficiently, and humanely -- it’s over in seconds.
It’s perfectly normal, in communities and tribes around the world, for a few community members to be assigned this particular task.
And for everyone else to support them by performing related tasks based on age, skills, and temperament.
If you want to eat chickens you’ve raised yourself . . . consider “trading” your talents as the caretaker of the flock with those who join you to process the birds.
Support one another. Do it as a community.
And then share the bounty.
But Is This Cost-Effective?
I hear this question a lot:
“Is raising your own meat chickens cheaper?”
And I like to respond with something I once heard Joel Salatin say:
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“Is cheapness EVERYTHING there is? I mean, who wants to buy the cheapest car? We’re willing to subsidize the food system to create the mystique of cheap food when actually, it’s very expensive food.
A hundred years ago, eggs were eaten when available.
And chicken meat was reserved for special occasions.
Today, the average American eats 90 lbs of chicken per year.
And roughly 250 eggs.
Chicken-based products rank #3 as a source of calories in the American diet . . . just below bread and dessert.
Top 3 Sources of Calories In The American Diet:
It’s easy to consume gluttonous volumes of meat (of any kind) when we’re not connected to the source.
But it has been my personal experience . . .
. . . When you have this personal connection to the meat on your plate, you tend to more thoughtful and more deliberate in your meat consumption.
So while, yes:
You CAN raise your own organic meat chickens for between $9 and $14 per bird, as you’ll see me do in this film . . .
(Still, a bargain when you consider that comparable organic, free-range chicken will cost you $30+ per bird at an organic grocer . . .)
. . . The question to ask yourself is:
How much cheap chicken do you really want?
Everything You Need To Get Started Raising Chickens For Meat . . . Eggs . . . and Fun!
When I filmed “Raising Meat Chickens,” my #1 goal was to empower you to try it yourself.
By lifting the veil . . . showing you the entire process from beginning to end . . . and let you see for yourself:
There’s really nothing mysterious or difficult about this.
With a little guidance at the outset, anyone really CAN raise their own chickens for meat.
However, that said, I knew from the get-go that while this 72-minute film would provide an excellent 50,000 ft. overview for anyone contemplating raising meat chickens . . .
. . . You’d probably want MORE step-by-step guidance if, after watching, you were inspired to give it a try!
So that’s why I got in touch with a dear friend and colleague, Tasha Greer, and persuaded her to write the companion guide to go with this film.
It’s called "Raising Backyard Chickens for Meat, Eggs, and Fun".
. . . You’d probably want MORE step-by-step guidance if, after watching, you were inspired to give it a try!
All The Instructions You’ll Need
(In A Step-By-Step Guide.)
It’s everything you need to get started . . .
A 154-page companion guide, that breaks down every aspect of raising chickens for meat and eggs.
With lots of pictures and helpful lists, it provides just enough information to give you confidence, without boring or overwhelming you.
Highlights of topics covered include:
Chicken Laws Where You Live
Are you allowed to keep backyard chickens? How many? Learn who to call, and what to ask, to find out.
Your Ideal Flock Size: Getting It Right
Feeding & Watering Your Chickens
Keeping Your Flock Happy & Healthy
Everything You Need To Build Your Confidence To Take The First Steps.
Including A Little Extra Community Support!Of course, while this film and companion guide is enough to give ANYONE interested in raising backyard chickens for meat or eggs all the confidence and information you need to make an excellent start . . .
. . . In the spirit of bringing together a community to support your efforts to eat and live more sustainably, I’m ALSO going to include four special Bonus Gifts with your copy of “Raising Meat Chickens” today.
Much like sitting around a community bonfire, listening to friends swap stories and secrets . . .
. . . These 3 bonus videos + gift eBook will offer you a few different perspectives on raising chickens, rounding out your knowledge.
So you can pick and choose methods that appeal to YOU!
How To Grow A Year’s Worth Of Chicken In 51 DaysFeaturing Justin Rhodes
In this special BONUS VIDEO, Justin Rhodes of Abundant Permaculture shares how he raised an entire year’s worth of chicken meat for his family . . .
In just 51 days!
Just like me, Justin, too, is going to show you what goes right . . . and what goes wrong . . .
Plus, he’ll be revealing his “secret sauce” for helping his chicks to thrive in those critical first 7 days.
Predator ID: Who Killed Your Chicken?Featuring Justin Rhodes
A second bonus from Justin, in this video he’ll share his tips on how to keep your chickens safe from the MOST COMMON predators . . .
. . . So you can sleep at night!
Including the 2 chicken predators you need to worry about THE MOST! And, how to raise a guardian goose for “game-changing” results.
Picking Chicken BreedsFeaturing Jeanette Beranger
Jeanette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for The Livestock Conservancy.
And in this video, she'll show you how to choose the best breeds of chicken for your property, lifestyle, and needs . . .
. . . Including the #1 chicken breed she recommends for beginners, the breeds that lay 180+ eggs per year, and chickens that thrive FREE RANGE vs. in COOPS.
Plus -- the best DUAL PURPOSE breeds that make excellent egg layers and table birds, too.
6 Ways To Keep ChickensBy Paul Wheaton
My good friend and colleague Paul Wheaton, founder of the largest permaculture forum on the Web, wrote a really fabulous 38-page book, detailing his adventures in chicken keeping.
He called it “6 Ways to Keep Chickens.”
But really, I think he should have called it:
“7 Years Of Building Crazy Chicken-Keeping Contraptions Before I Hit The Jackpot And Found A Winner!”
Because in this book, Paul is going to walk you through his many years of trial and error, pioneering and experimenting with different chicken keeping methods . . .
. . . And he is going to share his winners with you.
With pictures, diagrams, blueprints, and really clear (and often funny) descriptions.
Specifically, Paul is going to show you the 3 most intelligent ways to keep chickens on your property.
You’ll Get Everything Seen Here:
Eleven months. And roughly $19,000.
(That was one VERY expensive flock of meat chickens, haha!)
Because of course, I had to hire a team that included a professional videographer, an editor, writers, graphic designers . . . Phew, it was a big, resource-intensive project.
Bigger than I anticipated it would be at the outset!
Plus, of course, I’ve used my personal network to arrange these special BONUS GIFTS for you.
So when it came time to set a price for “Raising Meat Chickens,” I confess, I found myself with a dilemma.
Of course, I need to recover my costs.
But I also want to make this information widely available . . .
Let Me Send You This Entire Package Today For A Huge Discount Off The Estimated Retail Value.
After adding up the total package value of everything you get in “Raising Meat Chickens”, including:
✔ The Raising Meat Chickens DVD (3 Disc Set)
. . . I decided that while it’s easily worth $80 to $100, given that my ultimate goal is to EDUCATE and INSPIRE, I’d prefer to make it available for the lowest investment possible.
Which is how I arrived at:
$20 For Digital Delivery
While our stock lasts, only $15 For The DVD Package!
I truly believe everyone needs these skills . . .
. . . So not only am I giving away the entire program for a discounted price, but I’m also guaranteeing your satisfaction with a 100% money-back guarantee.
You’ll have 60 days to watch the program and apply the skills. If you’re not blown away by the caliber of the training provided, you can contact me for a complete refund, no questions asked.
Either way, I’ll send you digital access . . .
(You’ll get a password to start watching all of the videos and reading the companion guide + bonus eBook right away!)
However, those folks who choose to receive the physical package, shipped in the mail, will ALSO get a physical copy of the 3-Disc DVD Set.
Which includes the “Raising Meat Chickens” film + bonus videos for easy television viewing.
So Now It’s Time To Decide . . . Will You Live Your Values?
(And Let Me Show You The Most Humane Way To Eat Chicken?)
If you choose to eat chicken . . .
. . . And if it’s important to you that the birds you eat lived a great life and died in the most humane way possible, I highly recommend investing in a copy of “Raising Meat Chickens” today.
Let me show you what it’s really like to raise chickens for meat.
So that you can see for yourself . . .
. . . 98% of the process is about giving the birds an excellent quality of life.
And then, if you choose, bringing together a small group of friends and family to process the birds with gratitude.
This is how our ancestors used to live.
Connecting to their food, every day, in a meaningful way.
We can live that way, again, too.
Choose Your Package Below . . . And I'll Show You How It's Done.
$20 For Digital Delivery
While our stock lasts, only $15 For The DVD Package!
|And don’t forget . . .
I make this offer with a 100% Money Back Guarantee.
You have a full 60 days to watch the videos, read the companion guide and eBook, and decide whether or not it’s right for you.
If you’re nothing short of thrilled, let me know, and I’ll issue you a prompt refund, no questions asked.
I look forward to hearing about your adventures, raising your own flock of chickens.
Please do reach out with your stories.
Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of the Grow Network, which is the online home of a global community of people who are producing their own food and medicine. The purpose of the Grow Network is to stop the destruction of the Earth. "Homegrown food on every table" is a solution.
Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she has hosted Mother Earth New’s “Online Homesteading Summit”, is a returning guest on many national radio and tv programs such as Coast to Coast AM.
She is also the author of several books but is best known for her "Grow Your Own Groceries" video series, which is used by more than 500,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.
Rearing and despatching chickens for meat
I used to keep chickens, ducks and geese for many years as a hobby when we lived on our farm 10 years ago and learnt several methods. Had never seen the cone method before. now started keeping birds again as realise need to be self-sufficient with the great reset soon to be enforced. Lovely to see your video and very timely revision of skills as yesterday a neighbour complained my cockerels were waking him at 4.30 am and what could I do about it. As he was leaving all 4 birds gave a splendidly raucous concert, they were only 14 weeks old and not skilled at a proper cock-a-doodle -do! very interesting also to learn about all the different breeds for meat and climate.
Raising Meat Chickens
Just watched all three DVDs. They are great. I have not much knowledge about raising chickens. The DVDs help you a lot to prevent mistakes, simple and easy things to do, but you must know em.