Created Tuesday 21 July 2020
Ranchito Alegre has a garden in the bosque down by the river. Soaking up the sun and the pure water, the best of vegetables are grown — for you!
- Fresh Green Beans
- Succulent Squash
The produce with check marks are currently in season. Call or text us to get yours. 970-201-4630
Ranch-raised Chicken, super-Healthy
- pasture raised antibiotic-free broilers.
Pre-ordering now open
- We are opening pre-ordering on this coming
- Customers will get the first birds beginning about one week later, July 29th onward.
- Pre-orders of 5 or more birds may take advantage of an introductory special 20 percent discount.
Our birds, frozen and whole, sell for $5.75/lb. Our finished birds range anywhere from 3-5 pounds and are the perfect size for a family of four. Once we are sold out, there will be no more until next year.
Just let us know what you are ordering and we'll set up your delivery option.
We do have a phone, but at the ranch mountains usually block the signal.
The number is 970-201-4630 . Text messages work.
Pickup options: Delivery at your choice of pickup points ;)
Ranchito Alegre has been in the family for generations.
These are premium quality birds
quite distinct from the chicken
sold in grocery stores.
<PICTURES OF CHICKENS
So let me give you the whole spiel.
Nurtured and Natural, Ranchito Alegre free-range Story
We have been surprised by the “thrivability” of this year’s birds. We had decided to take a chance on this new breed of chicken not widely available, the “Robust White” and are we glad we did!
Chicks nurtured, thriving, out to the fresh field
We ordered them as day-old chicks. We protected and raised them their first 24 days in a well-ventilated, temperature-controlled brooder, expanding their floor space every 2 days as they grew. Bigger and bigger.
At 24 days they were feathering out. We transferred them to pasture and move their “hoop house” to new grass and forbs every day. They arrived 100% alive and to date every single one is alive and thriving.
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We believe that the Robust White is the most delicious and healthiest broiler for our farm. Our broilers spend the majority of their lives on pasture. They are aggressive foragers. Robust Whites grow slower than the factory-raised Cornish Cross meat birds (and do not suffer the CornishX leg and heart problems). We think they are worth the wait. They have an amazing flavor that is unsurpassed.
Well-informed chicken consumers nowadays are concerned about where
their food comes from, how it was produced and possible risks
associated with eating industrially produced meat and eggs. They tend
to want birds that have a better quality of life and produce safer
and more nutritious eggs and meat than commercially raised versions.
Ranchito Alegre's hilly field for weeds, chickens' favorite forage!
Keeping to the healthiest of feed
Besides providing very careful early care, we saw to it that they had
the best of feed even at first.
It was not easy to source our feeds. We started them on Non-GMO starter from Sunrise Farms in Virginia. We feed a supplemental ration developed by the nutritionists at Fertrell in Pennsylvania. The ration contains organic wheat and non-GMO corn raised locally (Ute Mountain Ute Farms), roasted soybeans (Kansas). The grains are not processed with hexane. To balance the diet there's alfalfa meal.
No synthetic hormones , no drugs.
Once a week, they get a little apple cider vinegar in their water and daily fresh-cut sweet clover from our farm. In addition, to provide nutrients that their own systems cannot manufacture, they get a mineral supplement by Fertrell (Poultry NutriBalancer ™) and a touch of fishmeal.
And as you might expect, they feast
vociferously on field plants.
Regenerative agriculture: We work it all together
Our poultry serve many functions here on the farm from feeding soil microbes in our pastures and delightedly controlling parasite loads to providing nutrient rich-bedding for garden compost. And especially supplying our family and customers with delicious meat.
Tender, Super-easy crockpot or Dutch oven recipe option
For those who have never tried pasture raised chicken before, here are some helpful tips on cooking your birds.
Some like to marinate. A brine marinade, for example, brings out the natural flavor of yesteryear.
Pasture-raised meat tends to be leaner and have more texture.
Many people like to cook the birds slowly, keeping the pot or skillet covered
so that the steam enables the seasonings to permeate the meat.
Contact Ranchito Alegre
If you would like more information or would like to visit, please
let us know.