A variety of chicken and duck breeds live on the Antioch Farm. We raise both for meat and eggs for students to enjoy in the dining hall.
In keeping with the Farm’s ecological ethic, our poultry have access to pasture daily, live in mobile coops and are fed primarily local, organic feed. An electrified, mobile fence, charged by a solar panel, contains the birds and keeps them safe from predators. This fence allows us to provide fresh grass to the animals as well as distribute their fertilizer around the Farm.
Students, as farm staff or volunteers, participate in all aspects of care for the birds from chicks to adults. In addition, students may take soil samples of manure-enriched areas as a part of their Environmental Science Class or just take a stroll at the farm between classes to watch the ducks immerse themselves in the baby pool.