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Have you met Kookoolan?

Pastured hens are healthy hens.

Pastured hens are healthy hens.

Kookoolan Farms, a local veggie, meat, dairy and mead operation, is what we at Ludeman’s call “first-rate.”

For instance, if you’re into local, humane, pastured chicken, you’ve got the right people. Quick tour. Kookoolan handles their birds with gentleness and respect, using methods developed by Temple Grandin to keep their stress to a minimum. Things like getting killed on-site rather than trucked to slaughter make a world of difference to an easily frightened animal.

Then, you know that phrase on the egg carton, “100% vegetarian diet”? Sounds good, except that chickens aren’t vegetarians – not naturally, anyway. They’re omnivores, like us. They like their fruits and veggies, but they also like their worms and bugs, too. That’s one of the things that makes a pastured chicken a healthy chicken – access to the diet it’s evolved to eat. And Kookoolan chickens are pastured.

But pasture means more to a chicken than just a diet full of 6-legged protein. It also means fresh air, sunshine and toes in the grass – three more things chickens love. Plus space to exercise. If you’ve ever compared the meat of a pastured hen to the standard chicken you can buy in the grocery store, the difference is pretty hard to miss. The pastured hen is a leaner, less bloated meat, and her muscle tone is surprisingly well defined. That’s because she’s spent her days strutting full speed through the grass. This, in addition to the longer lives that Kookoolan chickens get to live (compared to the factory alternative), makes for a better tasting bird.

A better tasting, chemical-free bird, incidentally.

And that’s just the scoop on chickens. Kookoolan definitely doesn’t stop there. But we won’t bombard you all at once. We’ll do a new write-up on Kookoolan every now and then – so keep reading! We’d love for you to get to know them.

Meantime, check ’em out for yourself! Click here.

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About Healing Ponds Farm

Healing Ponds is 40 acres in Buxton, OR. Our farm store, Ludemans Farm & Garden Center, is in Beaverton. We do open-pollinated seeds, pastured eggs and meats, raw milk herd shares, chicks and a lot of other things.

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We sell beef. 100% pastured.

We sell beef. 100% pastured. Ask for details.

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