Stream Farm Organic Devonshire Gold chickens are bought in as day-old chicks. After 2 weeks in a small broodery just next to our farmhouse, they spend 10 more weeks living on the farm and eating only natural organic food until they weigh between 1.5 and 2.2kg. They run freely in and out of their spacious sheds in groups of not more than 200 onto the surrounding grass and are shut up at night to protect them from predators – mainly, the wily old dog fox who sits and watches them from high up on the hill. The houses are moved onto new ground with every group of chickens. Fully–grown chickens then go to a small organic-certified abattoir just over the border in Devon. We plan to bring this process onto the farm in due course so that the chickens will not have to travel quite so far.
We presently deliver chickens within a radius of about 20 miles of the farm. We bring them up to Bristol, and London every week where they can be collected from an outlet in Battersea, South West London.
The chickens sell at £6.50 a kilo locally, £6.75 a kilo in Bristol and Bath and at £7.00 a kilo in London.