Organic Free-Range Chicken Farm

June 7, 2011 4:16 p.m.  •  1 comment

Allen and Emmy Widman, of Rosalia, Wash., gave up pheasant raising to venture into the world of organic, free-range chicken farming. They hope to fill the need for local, organic meat.

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Allen Widman drives a batch of organic feed for his chickens to storage containers, while his son, Reed, keeps an eye on the operation at their Palouse Pastured Poultry farm, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash.

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Organic, free-range chicks huddle together under a heat lamp, June 1, 2011 at the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm near Rosalia, Wash.

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Emmy Widman holds her 10 month-old daughter, Sonia, and their new organic USDA signs, June 1, 2011 on the family’s chicken farm near Rosalia, Wash. The signs will be displayed in their booth when they sell organic free-range chickens at farmers markets.

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Allen Widman mixes organic feed for his chickens, while his dogs, Birdy and Hoodoo wait for a ride out to the free-range chicken pens in Widman’s Mule utility vehicle, June 1, 2011 near Plaza, Wash.

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Allen Widman spends most of a morning mixing organic feed for his chickens, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash.

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Jeff Augstrom, of Mead, Wash., hauls some 30 buckets of feed during morning chores to organic, free-range chickens in the 2nd floor barn loft on the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash.

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Jeff Angstrom, of Mead, Wash., dishes out organic feed to chickens on the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash. When old enough, the birds will be moved outside into a penned area with and electric fence to roam free.

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Reed Widman, 3, likes to keep his hands in the family business. His parents, Allen and Emmy Widman operate Palouse Pastured Poultry near Rosalia, Wash.

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Young, organic-raised chicks huddle together under a heat lamp as they wait for their breakfast at Allen and Emmy Widman’s Palouse Pastured Poultry farm, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash.

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Jeff Augstrom dishes out organic feed to 2 week-old chickens under heat lamps on the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash.

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Egg-laying, free-range, non organic chickens mill about the penned enclosure at the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm near Rosalia, Wash., June 1, 2011.

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An egg-laying free-range, non organic chicken, with a plastic piece to limit its forward vision, looks for a bite to eat in the penned enclosure at the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm near Rosalia, Wash., June 1, 2011. Owner Allen Widman says the birds will peck at each other less when wearing the device.

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Allen Widman gathers a few displaced eggs from his free-range chickens, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash. The eggs rolled out from the coops.

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Organic, free-range chicken fly the coop during watering time, June 1, 2011 at the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm near Rosalia, Wash.

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Jeff Angstrom delivers a bucket of fresh water to organic, free-range chickens on the Palouse Pastured Poultry farm, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash. The next stop for the birds will be at the butcher shop.

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A frozen organic free-range chicken was produced by Allen and Emmy Widman from Palouse Pastured Poultry.

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Allen and Emmy Widman spend a few moments between farm duties with their children, Reed, 3 and Sonia, 10 months, June 1, 2011 near Rosalia, Wash.

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