Robin and Marilyn moved to their farm in Plumpton in 1984 where they look after free range chickens who lead an idyllic life in the old pear orchard.
The small flock of 500 birds live freely with space to roam and socialise. They have small wooden huts for shelter, branches for roosting and a range of natural vegetation for exhibiting dust bathing, scratching and nesting behaviours.
Whilst a typical supermarket chicken is grown intensively in about 35 days, these birds mature naturally for 10 to 12 weeks, so there really is no comparison to the life the bird has enjoyed, and the resulting eating quality.
The inherent breed characteristics of the Sassos and the free range rearing system ensures that these chickens grow slowly, developing a strong bone structure before “filling out”. The result is a good sized bird with a firm flesh, a natural fat layer and dry skin - in other words, chicken ‘as it used to be’, full of texture and flavour. The chickens we sell are all oven-ready, with giblets, ranging in size from about 2 kg (which will serve 4 people) to 2.6 kg (which should generously serve up to 6 adults, and give you delicious leftovers too)! Seasonally, we may be able to offer larger birds which are perfect for special occasions.
Farm to butcher - 6.5 miles