Address: 12898 NE 56th Street, Elkhart IA 50073 / (515) 367-3402
About Us / Foxhollow Farm History: Tai and Tom raise their egg-laying hens, meat chickens, ducks, and turkeys in Elkhart, Iowa, letting them run in the pastures of their farm. “We try to give the birds a good quality of life,” explains Tai. “We try to give the animals respect because of what they do for us. We want them to be happy.” And when the hens at Foxhollow Farm are no longer laying eggs, Tai and Tom send them to a nearby retirement home for chickens where they continue to live free range on a 100-acre corn farm.\nFoxhollow Farm received an Animal Welfare Approved Good Husbandry Grant in 2010–2011 to build an on-farm hatchery, where they hatch slower-growing, traditional breeds, including Lavender, Lavender Slate, Blue Slate, Chocolate, Sweetgrass and Midget White turkeys, as well as Blue, Black, and Lavender Orpingtons, Rumpless Tufted Araucanas, Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, Coronation Sussex, Blue Copper Marans, Black Copper Marans, Sweedish Blomenhans, Icelandic Chickens, and Light Sussex laying hens. For meat chickens, Tai and Tom chose a traditional French breed: “They look like a "Turken" or "Naked Neck" type of bird,” Tai explains. “These birds have very few feathers, no feathers on their necks and are fully grown in about 12–14 weeks, providing a heavier carcass weight with more meat than most of our other birds.” The new on-farm hatchery also means Tai and Tom can now supply other farms and homesteads in the area with chicks and poults (young laying hens) that are ideally suited for pasture-based systems.\nWhen asked why they decided to apply for accreditation with Animal Welfare Approved, Tai said, “I just found there to be a distinction between my products and the products sold in stores. Sometimes customers don’t understand the difference in price – the Animal Welfare Approved seal is a great way to explain the added value.” Foxhollow Farm raises their chickens, ducks, and turkeys outside on pasture, which drastically improves the quality and nutrition of their meat and eggs. “We do this is for the animals’ health and also for the health of our customers,” Tai explains\nFoxhollow Farm has already started seeing the advantages of being Animal Welfare Approved. Customers regularly comment on the label and some have even said that they will only buy from Foxhollow Farm now because of their Animal Welfare Approved status. Tai says she’s enjoying being part of the Animal Welfare Approved program because customers understand the difference between Foxhollow Farm eggs and other eggs: “I like the support the program provides in promoting AWA farms, press releases, and informative updates on the website. It also makes me happy to know that my chickens and turkeys are raised to the best of my ability.”\nFoxhollow Farm products are available at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market. For more information, visit http://www.foxhollowpoultryfarm.com.