The Pryor Times

Agriculture

June 28, 2007

Raising free-range chickens

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Colpitts’ free-range pastured chickens grow up on grass that is free of pesticides and herbicides, eating a natural diet, supplemented with a nutritional 21 percent protein feed without any additives.

The final week before processing the birds are fed straight corn. Colpitts PineRidge chickens are grown slowly and naturally without steroids to rush them to maturity. The huts are moved every day to provide fresh grass for the birds.

“Spurlock Feed in Locust Grove has been very helpful in locating feed without additives for us. Most of the mills make feed without additives. You just have to keep looking for it,” Colpitts said.

Colpitts hauls the finished birds to Pel-Freeze in Rogers, Ark., where they are processed under USDA inspection. He sells the chickens through Oklahoma Food Co-op, and at the Muskogee Farmers Market. The products at Oklahoma Food Co-op can be ordered on line at www. oklahomafood.org. The food can be picked by in Claremore, Muskogee, or Tahlequah on the third Thursday of the month.

Colpitts moved to the country in 2003, after spending eight years in the regular Navy and the reserves. He also worked for a couple of credit card companies in Tulsa.

“I really enjoy the country life, even if it is a seven-day-a-week job,” Colpitts said.

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