The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

17 March 2012

Free-Range Chickens

So far, we've had a steady supply of farm-fresh, chemical-free eggs since we maintained our own free-range chickens. They are so organic to the farm that we hardly do any work in keeping them. There is so much space for them to roam and feed themselves, and just after some weeks, they have gotten used to coming home to us even if they periodically cross-over to the neighbors.

Free-range chickens look, feel, and taste far more natural than commercially-

raised varieties that are stuffed with processed foods and medication (which we will ingest, in turn). They are cooped in cages all their short lives where their movement is virtually impeded and there is no opportunity for them to move and flex themselves.

And commercially-raised chicken is almost always the white leghorn type! Free-range ones, condescendingly labeled "native," actually look better and more appropriate to our local surroundings.


  1. We have lots of them too, but it is still difficult for us to eat tinola. When the 2 pamangkin kids are still young, they don't allow chickens with names to be eaten. Of course they give the names to those they want, and mother literally name a few for her too, which can be taken by us later. Now that they are in their teens and don't give names anymore, we still can't eat native chicken tinola! Why...because the neighbor we always ask to kill and dress them is already sick! None of us can kill a chicken! Hmmm.

  2. It can be quite emotionally attaching to take care of them; you're right!