Chicks, Ducklings, and Poults – Oh My!

baby birds

We’ve been so busy here at the farm transplanting, seeding, weeding, and hatching I haven’t had a moment to announce the birth of our first hatchery chicks, ducklings, and poults (baby turkeys).  Well here are our month-old babies.  If you’re a backyard homesteader or small-scale farmer interested in raising heritage poultry, we have plenty of birds to fill out your flock.


Our proud Delaware daddy crows his excitement for the launch of the Natural Trading Co Heritage Poultry Hatchery.

This Wednesday, Bryan will be heading off to EcoFarm, one of the nation’s largest organic farming conferences in beautiful Asilomar on the coast of California.  He’ll be there learning about all the newest fangled things in organic farming so we can deliver the best tasting veggies, fruit, eggs, and meat to your table this coming year.  We’re proud to say that our heritage turkeys were chosen to be featured on the Friday night dinner menu!  For those of you lucky enough to have one of our turkeys this Thanksgiving, you know what a treat they’re in for.

Bryan will also be at the conference at the Sustainable Poultry Network booth with Jim Adkins, sharing his newest fangled knowledge of and experience with heritage poultry.  We are very excited to be launching the Natural Trading Co heritage poultry hatchery this spring.  For those of you with farms, homesteads, or even just a small backyard and a yearning for the most delicious eggs and meat you’ll ever taste – we’ll be selling day-old chick, ducklings, and poults (or baby turkeys), in addition to 16-week-old chickens and ducks later this spring.  We hope you’re as impassioned as we are about preserving our agricultural tradition by raising heritage birds like Delaware and Chantecler chickens; Narragansett turkeys; and Welsh Harlequin, Magpie, and Dutch Hook Bill ducks.  We’re doing our best to promote and encourage sustainability by selling poultry locally, raising animals that can reproduce naturally, and preserving genetic diversity.

Order your pasture-raised, heritage Thanksgiving turkeys!

November 22 is quickly approaching – remember to order your pasture-raised, heritage Thanksgiving turkeys from NTC!

If you want to feel good about the meat that you eat, this is it.  These turkeys are part of our heritage breeding program raising Naragansett and Standard Bronze turkeys. These birds are very well cared for, free to roam the fields by day, and fed organic feed.  When you purchase this breed, the demand is made for heritage birds – you are doing something very positive, very cool.

The turkeys range from 7-12 pounds and cost $7.50 per pound for holiday deliciousness.  They’re available for pick-up at the farm, farmers’ markets (Roseville Tuesday, Auburn Saturday), and Truckee delivery Wednesday, November 14.  Place your $25.00 deposit online and we will be in contact with you about size and delivery preferences.  Thanks for your support!

A Real Farm

Our effort to bring animals to our vegetable farm is going fantastic. Our worthy intention is not only to bring back endangered heritage breed animals, but to integrate animal and vegetable farming. They go hand in hand. It wasn’t’ so long ago that every farm was this way; pigs, chickens, eggs, veggies, a milk cow~ A Real Farm. Farming with animals brings nutrients to the soil, feeds animals their natural feed, making healthy animals, fertile soil & successful farmer. It is a closed holistic model. It was only in the early 1900’s, with industrialization, that  money became the real issue and it seemed to developers that growing a  mono-crop or keeping mono animal (like growing just lettuce, or raising just cattle)  was the answer for optimal capital gains. Well, this idea has brought very serious disease, death, animal abuse & misuse, loss of topsoil, unhealthy plants & animals in general, unhappy farmers, & devastation to our beautiful planet; imagine 2,400 pigs on a half acre, acre after acre. Read More

Puppies Are Here

Nothing cuter than a baby and we have 7!

Seven – 2 week old Jack Russell Terrier pups born to the mama Jackie June 21st. Puppies available to good homes early August.

The Piglets Are Here!

We are so excited to announce the newest members of our farm, The Four Little Piglets; their mama is a Large Black and their daddy is an 800 pound Tamworth. We found them @  Monarch Family Farm in Pilot Hill. Glen and Kelley Turney are doing a great job raising and loving pigs. THey know so much and are helping us keep it all going. Greg, our newest crew member has worked with pigs before and will be the key ‘pig daddy’, ha, so fun. We will be breeding and finding homes for the little snorters soon enough. Stay posted as to how to start your own pig family.  

If you are interested in buying pork this fall, please call the office or shoot us an email. Thanks. 

Our Heritage Breeding Efforts Are Growing!

The farm seems to be popping right now ~ Spring has definitely sprung. Babies are everywhere; 4 owl babies are hatched in their owl box, 21 frisky adorable baby goats (so far), 28 brand new Narragansett Turkeys (100 more eggs to go), 200, 3 day old, Delaware (a heritage breed) chicks, and 4 little heritage breed piglets! And, our farm doggie, Jackie, is pregnant with Jack Russell Terrier pups. Let us know if one is calling to you.

Bryan’s efforts to bring heritage breeds back is working stupendously. We are so excited to have this new breed of chicks! Soon enough we will be hatching our own eggs; no more mail order chicks. IF you read the earlier article on heritage animals, you can see why this is so important! It is amazing to see how much healthier and vibrant this breed is. They are the quintessential chicks ~ so fuzzy and yellow and peeping.

We are, in turn, supporting fellow breeders who are bringing endangered breeds back. THese chicks and turkeys are from fellow farmers who are supporting this exciting movement.

Please stay posted for more fun & important news on our hatchery.

Animal Activity Growing

Animal activity is really growing on the farm. Just this morning Farmer Bryan & Tes watched a baby duck poke it’s crammed little body out of it’s shell. After about 24 hours of dedicated pecking (we could hear the tiny tapping when we held the egg to our ear) , a crack was made in the shell, then more tapping and a beak was seen, then a little black eye, and , just this morning it’s little black sticky being was born into Bryan’s farmer hands, and is now is Tes’ pocket!  A ducks gestation is 28 days. Not much for a whole new being to come to life. The miracle of life and death happens often in farm life. We look forward to this new little ducky (and his friends still on the way) living a wonderful life here at NTC.

Developing Sustainable Flocks

Farmer Bryan’s newest inspiration is to bring more heritage breed animals to his farm. Bryan has had a love of animals, especially birds, since he was a baby. He has raised ducks, homing pigeons, parakeets, jungle birds etc. When he was in 4th grade, his mom let him stay at home to watch his little duck be born. During high school, his Ag project was to raise lambs for the Alameda Co. Fair, while also raising racing pigeons. He describes his back yard as an aviary.   

Here he is now, 30 years later, with a much bigger yard full of open pasture, mobile hen houses, coops, and bird houses.

THe exciting news this year is that he is now raising heritage breed poultry and pigs;  turkeys – Narragansett & Bronze, Large Black & Tamworth pigs, and coming soon, heritage hen breeds. 

Do you know that 99% of all poultry you buy is a very hybridized variety, even the organic stuff. The birds do not know how to breed or sit or raise their young. They are bred by artificial insemination and incubation. The entire commercial turkey and chicken industry is like a factory. They are also genetically controlled by the companies that own them. So, If farmers and folks don’t raise sustainable flocks, we are all dependent on questionable companies to “create” baby chicks for all (just like Monsanto with seed). THis could be very dangerous. 

Here at Natural Trading Co. we are committed to seeing standard breed poultry back on kitchen tables. We will do our best to promote and encourage sustainability; selling poultry locally, raising animals that can reproduce, not relying on outside sources for our chicks. We are helping to preserve genetics that are reproducible. We are also committed to raising animals with a humane and conscientious attitude; allowing our animals to behave naturally, ensuring social interaction, comfort, physical and psychological well-being. We agree that the best welfare for the birds is to have their genetics be of standard or heritage breeds (not hybrid). 

How can you help with this important work? Please support us by purchasing our turkey, pig & chicken. While it may seem strange to grow these birds only to be eaten at a dinner table, it is quite the opposite. This cycle of life and death helps keep the breeds going. With out demand for them, they will perish. THey are beautiful and fun to get to know. Remember you are always welcome at the farm. Spring time is full of new life. 

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