Pasture-Raised and Regenerative Agriculture
Humane ways of treating livestock, organic methods, no added hormones, zero chemicals used on our pastures
At K&B Liberty Farms, we use regenerative agriculture methods in the way we farm. As a new farm, people thought we were crazy when we asked for organic feed for our chickens. We drive over an hour and a half to reach the closest feed mill that will custom make our organic, NON-GMO chicken feed. Our feed is just a small part of our chickens' diet. Like most livestock, chickens like to graze and eat grasses and bugs. They aren't meant to be housed in barns or coops 24-7. Our broilers and egg layers are raised outdoors, in the pasture.Once our chicks reach 3-4 weeks old (depending on the outside temperatures and weather), we move them out to pasture.
The broilers are protected from the elements by our chicken tractors and they protected from predators by our electric poultry netting, powered by a solar battery. The fenced area is so large that we can move the tractors three times before the fencing is moved. We move the tractors daily so on the fourth day, the entire fence is moved to a new area of pasture. The daily moves allow the chickens to have cleaner areas for them to nest at night. During the day, they graze on grasses, bugs, and chicken feed. They even have killed small garden snakes!
Our egg layers nest on roosting bars in their chicken wagon at night. From sunrise to sunset, the coop doors are open for the ladies to move freely. They naturally go back inside to the nesting boxes to lay their eggs and when they are done, they go back outside. During sunset, they all move one-by-one up the ramps and settle on the roosting bars. Like the broilers, we use electric poultry netting to keep them safe from ground predators.
We love our chickens but that isn't they only thing we raise on the farm. Our cows are a Gelbvieh/Black Angus mix. Our pastures are divided and we rotate our cows to different paddocks to prevent over grazing. Their diet consists of only pasture grasses and in the winter months they get hay.
We also raise goats and we have two livestock guardian dogs, Indiana and Texas. We also have started working on our market gardens and will have fresh produce this spring!