broiler day at last

val/ June 5, 2004/ Broilers/

So, our day started at about 2:30am when our alarms went off. We groggily had toast and coffee and headed out toward Boring by 3am. We had 110 chickens in tow – we put them all in our flatbed trailer last night after dark, and they appeared quite content in the cozy trailer with a bed of straw.

We got to Harringtons (the chicken “processors”) in Boring by around 4:50am, and had all the chickens unloaded within about 55 minutes. We left them in the capable hands of Shirley and her team of workers, and headed off to breakfast where we drank waaaaaay too much coffee. We returned to Harringtons to collect our now chilled chickens and headed off to Portland.

The kind and wonderful Erik and Catherine welcomed us to the first pick-up site, where we were given orange juice, got to hang out with their sweet daughter Siri, and shared some interesting stories and ideas. Folks started coming by 10:30am to pickup their chickens… I think we met with about 15 people before heading out to our SW site at noon (Ed – sorry we couldn’t see your garden! Next time…)

After dropping off our trailer nearby, we stationed ourselves outside Key Bank in Hillsdale and met up with more great customers… The chickens have all been about 3.25-3.75 lbs, and most people seemed pretty happy about the size of the chickens. (We’ve had some 6 pound chickens in the past, and we’ve found that most people seem to prefer small to medium sized chickens.)

After a brief drop in Hillsboro to leave some chickens for our friends at Golden Gait Farm, we headed to Forest Grove where we met up with friends and co-workers and a fierce wind that threatened to blow us away. We finally headed home at around 5:30pm, and now that all the animals have been fed, watered and tucked in for the night, we’re going to have some dinner, maybe watch a movie, and head to bed.

Thanks to everyone who came out to get chickens from us today – we hope you enjoy them… We are looking forward to roasted chicken tomorrow, and to seeing the customers who are coming out to the farm to pick up their chickens.