At Sunbird Farms, we do one thing: pastured-poultry. Think of us as a small heirloom holding, offering heritage, pastured-poultry to our friends and family. Each of our breeds has been carefully selected from the top sources available. We choose only breeds that are well-suited for our climate, ensuring they meet our desired performance and production standards. Make no mistake, these are not your grocery store’s chickens, but they may have been your grandma’s. Our heritage birds demonstrate the perfect combination of historical structure and efficient, flavorful meat and eggs. Many of our selections can be found on Slow Food's Ark of Taste.
Following traditional methods like France's Label Rouge, our egg-laying flock has unlimited daily access to 17 acres of orchard, freely feasting on nuts, greens and grubs. We supplement the natural flora with organic pasture plantings, and offer soy-free, non-gmo, organic layer feed from our local partner, Modesto Milling.
We are currently working with a few artisanal meat varieties from France, including the world-renowned Bresse (or Galouise in America). From Austria, we have the historic favorite of royalty and gourmands alike, the Sulmtaler. We continue to offer these and other premium poultry breeds, bringing centuries of poultry craftsmanship to our local customers.
Our pastured-eggs are available locally for direct sales, and through our CSA partners.
A limited number of whole chickens are available by pre-order throughout the year.
Our chief chicken-raiser, Brice Yocum, is a farmer, professor and licensed attorney, but don't hold that against him. While his family thinks of him as a "busy blacksmith"...a man with (too?) many irons in the fire, he prefers to see himself as a gentleman farmer, in the great tradition of men like Thomas Jefferson and James Herriot...(though James Herriot was actually a vet and not a farmer, but those are just details).
If you are interested in any of our produce, please feel free to send Brice a note at the email address below. Sunbird Farms is a member of Slow Food USA, and was selected as a US delegate for the 2014 Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy.
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