Friday, October 11, 2013

1 Day Old Laying Hen Chicks

Today our CSA manager picked up 1,000 day old chicks at Vega farm . These chicks then came to our farm and are in their new home under warm light with plenty of food and water. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chicks at Riverdog 9/13/13

Some shots of the chicks we have on the farm! They just love hanging out on top of their feeders. 
The last three pictures are of our youngest chicks. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CSA Blog

Hello, Coop Scoop readers!

Be sure to check out the new Riverdog CSA blog, which features recipes, field notes, pictures, and more. Happy reading.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dear Egg Customers:

We know our customers choose Riverdog because we provide fresh, seasonal, organic produce. Our egg-laying hens are pastured outdoors in a field of alfalfa and clover, open to the sun, the rain and the seasons (and the coyotes!). And just like our vegetables and fruits, their egg-laying is seasonal, peaking in the long, warm days of spring and summer and almost stopping in the short cold fall and winter days. Typical supermarket egg-hens are grown indoors in highly controlled, artificial environments designed to maximize production at the cost of taste and freshness. As our customers who've tasted them know, our eggs are anything but your typical supermarket eggs. However, that means winter egg shortages. But don't worry! When eggs come back into season in the spring, we should have plenty to go around.


Riverdog Farm

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Growing our flocks

Our chicken flocks, both meat birds and laying hens, are growing! We sell our rainbow-pack (blue, white, and brown) eggs by the dozen at the Berkeley Farmers' market each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The market locations and times are:

Tuesday: Derby and MLK 2-7
Thursday: Rose and Shattuck 3-7
Saturday: Center and MLK 10-3

Come to the markets early if you want to buy eggs because we sell out very quickly, usually within the first half hour.

The laying hens include Araucanas, Australorps, Barred Rocks, White Leghorns, and VegaBrowns. 

Chicken is available fresh, not frozen at the farmers' markets. We sell the whole broilers with head and feet for $5 per pound; they weigh 3 to 5 lbs.

Through our Community Supported Agriculture program, the chicken is available frozen.  

The breed we raise for meat is the Freedom Ranger from a hatchery in Pennsylvania. According to the hatchery's website:

"The Freedom Ranger day-old chicks are hatched in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The breeding stock is imported from the regions of Burgundy and Brittany (France). The genetic stock is derived from the American and European old heritage breed of chicken and was developed in the early 1960’s to meet the highest standards of the French Label Rouge Free Range program. Currently, the Freedom Ranger genetic stock is used by most non-factory farm production models (alternative) all across Europe and also by small pastured poultry producers in search of a traditionally raised farm chicken - just like the "oldies", healthy and with a succulent flavor and texture."

Here is some customer praise about our chicken:

"I just had a taste of your incredible chicken at the SF Ferry Plaza yesterday when I enjoyed a breakfast sandwich from 4505 Meats.The chicken was so moist and flavorful - really delicious!" - SF customer

"Your chicken and pork are the best tasting I've had in awhile!" Ryan Farr, owner of 4505 Meats,

To order Riverdog Farm chicken, please email the farm: with your request.