We have capacity to brood 500 broilers every three weeks and house up to 500 mature broilers, however due to marketing limitations we are brooding about 200-300 every 3 weeks. We sell life and dressed broilers to individuals from within the community and deliver to those outside.
We have 670 mature laying birds; 421 are in the battery cage while 250 are in the deep litter pen. We wanted to demonstrate both methods of raising layers. We also have 450 pullets we started rearing as day old chicks (DOC) to take the place of the current layers. We produce about 300 eggs daily.
We have 20 turkeys that are raised mainly for meat. A few of the turkeys lay eggs which are hatched and brooded with the broilers when possible. The turkeys are sold life and dressed.
Quails are tiny birds that produced tiny eggs that are demanded for their high nutritional/medicinal values. We have 50 quails that produce about 30 eggs daily.
Our Innovative Poultry Practices
We use a variety of herbs and spices like Garlic, Ginger, turmeric, Cayenne Pepper and bitter leaf in our poultry production to curtail routine antibiotic use and to stimulate appetite and growth of our birds.
Garlic – Over the past 50 years, there have been increasing amounts of antibiotics used in poultry farming and as growth promoters. These antibiotics accumulate in poultry and are passed on to humans who eventually develop antibiotic resistance, leading to a major public health challenge.
SDFarms is committed to growing foods that do not harm man or the environment; we use garlic instead of antibiotics. Garlic contains the antibiotic Allicin which kills food poisoning causing bacteria which many synthetic antibiotics have difficulty destroying.
Garlic is high in sulfur which is toxic to the parasites and bacteria that plague chickens and other animals. It also speeds healing. When chickens have been on garlic for a while they can’t become overrun by mites, lice, or worms as garlic permeates the flesh.
Ginger: For chickens, Ginger is known to be a great appetite stimulant, anti-oxidant and also a stress reducer. Ginger supports the immune system, alleviates congestion and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Ginger is great for the circulatory system, stimulating blood flow in layers improves egg production.
Turmeric: The antibacterial in turmeric is helpful in bumble foot or other leg or foot injuries. Applied topically, turmeric also speeds healing and helps repair damaged skin which would be beneficial when applied topically to a chicken’s injuries from pecking or a predator attack.
It has powerful antioxidant and antiviral properties and boosts the immune system. Turmeric is also thought to aid in the treatment of chicks suffering wry neck.
Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper hampers pathogen build up in the intestinal tract. It is also great for removing established adult worms.
Bitter Leaf: We add bitter leaf juice to our broilers to reduce the occurrence of diarrhea and red dropping a common challenge for floor raised birds.
Fire and Ashes Disinfection: Chemicals used in disinfecting chicken pen though effective in killing pathogens, they sometimes lingers and accumulates to harmful levels in the birds and are in turn transferred to humans. As much as possible we use fire and ashes to disinfect our brooding and grow out pens before stocking.